Oh January the month my Facebook feed fills up with postsof sick children and frustrated parents. Sick babies are the worst because you are SO limited in what you can do for them.
When they can breathe, your best option is to get out the humidifier. It moistens the air, allowing them a wee bit of comfort when they are so miserable.
Parents can choose from both cool mist and warm mist humidifiers. I prefer warm mist, but with little ones, most people use cool mist to make sure no one gets burned.
Don have one? You in luck. I got six that should fit any style or design either in your nursery or other rooms of your home.
When you are done using it, make sure you clean it. If you don it can harbor bacteria and you definitely don want that being emitted into the air.
A few tips courtesy of Crane and Wikipedia:
1) Empty your water tank and/or basin every morning and make sure it dries.
2) Depending on the type of humidifier you have, you may need to demineralize it every now and then. (We had to do this with our old Vicks one.) Simply soak the area in white vinegar for a few hours and then rinse.
3) If you are using it often (especially in the winter months), do a simple vinegar rinse every three days.
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