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Do humidifiers help for babies and toddlers with colds?

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Moisture in the air makes it easier to breathe, so run a humidifier in your child's bedroom at night. Cool-mist models are safer than those that produce steam. Follow cleaning instructions on the device to prevent mold.

SOURCES:

David L. Hill, MD, FAAP, Wilmington, NC; author, Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro.

Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, Atlanta; co-author, Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality.

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Coughs and colds: Medicines or home remedies?”

FDA: “Giving medication to children.”

Shadkam, M. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, July 2010.

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on January 20, 2020

SOURCES:

David L. Hill, MD, FAAP, Wilmington, NC; author, Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro.

Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, Atlanta; co-author, Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality.

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Coughs and colds: Medicines or home remedies?”

FDA: “Giving medication to children.”

Shadkam, M. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, July 2010.

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on January 20, 2020

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