How Humidifiers Help Sick Children
Cold and flu season are especially hard on little children. They're not only more vulnerable to disease, but also to its symptoms: wheezing, coughing, congestion, and shortness of breath. Children contract an average of eight to ten colds a year before the age of two, and for parents, knowing how to treat the disease can be tough. One of the gentlest ways you can help a sick child is to install a Luma Comfort humidifier in your home. They're a great natural home cough remedy. They not only help relieve the symptoms of cold, flu, and asthma, but actually helps prevent your children from contracting them as well.
Why Children Are More Susceptible to Sickness
There are several other reasons why children are more susceptible to sickness than adults. The first is their immune system. It's underdeveloped and can't provide effective protection against viruses and bacteria. Compounding the problem, children often spend more time in the close company of other children, increasing their exposure to flu and cold. This is the reason why children who attend daycare as infants and toddlers are sick less often in elementary school compared to children who don't. Their immune systems have been strengthened by the viruses they picked up from the other children. Despite their small size, children also draw proportionally higher amounts of air into their lungs when they breath than adults, which increases their exposure to airborne viruses, and they also draw air in through their mouth more often, bypassing the filtration systems in their nose and sinuses.
More alarming is the effect colds and respiratory infections have on children. Children have small airways and a harder time breathing when their throat and lungs become obstructed by mucus or inflamed due to illness. Children who suffer frequent respiratory infections are also at a higher risk of developing asthma after age 6. Over eight percent of American children have been diagnosed with asthma, compared to just seven percent of adults. Children also suffer 60 percent of all the recorded asthma attacks that occur in this country as well.
Asthma and other respiratory diseases are especially hard on children because of their unique physicality. They have fewer alveoli in their lungs (tiny sacs that allow our lungs to absorb oxygen and expel carbon dioxide from the bloodstream), which means they have less oxygen reserves to draw on when they're wheezing or short of breath, and less surface area to draw oxygen from during times of stress. Children also have fewer channels between their alveoli, so its harder for their bodies to direct oxygen away from obstructions to the healthy parts of their lungs.
Colds can also have a serious toll on children's skin. It's thinner than adult skin, which means they're at a great risk of developing rashes and redness if a respiratory infection forces them to blow or wipe their nose more often. Cold and flu cases tend to peak in winter, for children as well as adults. Dry air caused by low temperatures allows viruses to survive longer and infect more people than during the relatively humid summer months.
How Luma Comfort Humidifiers Help
If your child is suffering from wheezing, congestion or shortness of breath due to cold, one of the easiest and most effective remedies is to set up a Luma Comfort humidifier in their room. Luma comfort humidifiers release moisture into the air through ultrasonic vibration. A mental transducer at the bottom of the water tank vibrates at ultrasonic frequencies, creating compression waves that break the water droplets up into a fine mist and propel them out into the air. Ultrasonic frequencies are well beyond the range of human hearing, so the units are incredibly quiet and won't disturb your child if they're sleeping or resting, but the extra humidity will help alleviate cold, flu, and asthma symptoms.
Luma Humidifiers Relieve Congestion
When your child breathes in dry air, it dehydrates the mucous membranes lining their nose, throat, and lungs, causing them to thicken and form into globules. If enough globules accumulate, they can restrict airways in the nose and throat, leading to congestion, wheezing, and dry coughs. If your child is suffering from these ailments, inhaling more dry air will only exacerbate the problem, as it dries the globules out and makes them harder to dislodge through coughing or sneezing. The quickest remedy is adding moisture to the air to rehydrate your child's nose, throat, and lungs and loosen the mucus so it's easier to expel and resume normal breathing.
Luma Humidifiers Prevent Colds
Mucous membranes are a vital part of the respiratory system. They trap airborne particles and contaminants before they can enter a child's body and infect them. As they dry out, they stop working properly, increasing your child's risk of colds and other respiratory illnesses. Regulating humidity with a Luma Comfort humidifier keeps them hydrated and maintains the integrity of child's natural defenses.
Luma Humidifiers Prevent Flu
Dry air also presents another danger: it lets viruses thrive and infect new hosts. When you're sick, and you cough, you expel mucus. The amounts are often too small to be seen with the naked eye, but they're dangerous. Once they become suspended in the air, they can be inhaled by uninfected persona and transfer the disease. However, recent studies have found that flu viruses released into 40-50 percent humid air have a harder time surviving than viruses released into dry air, below 25%. Most die out before they can spread to other people. The extra humidity alters the mucus' pH balance to the point where it's inhospitable to the flu virus, so parents worried about spreading sickness in their home should make sure it's properly humidified. Luma Comfort HC12W Ultrasonic Humidifiers and Luma Comfort HC12B Ultrasonic Humidifiers can humidify an area up to 650 square feet, making them the perfect choice to humidify large areas where children play and family members congregate.
Luma Humidifiers Prevent Asthma Attacks
Dry air has a negative effect on asthma suffers as well. As a child's lungs and throat dry out, they can become irritated and inflamed, leading to swelling and possibly an asthma attack. Dry air also contains other dangers, including dust, dander, and insect particles: common asthma triggers. Including a Luma Comfort humidifier in a child's room not only soothes their throat and lungs, it also cuts down on the amount of airborne asthma triggers. As the moisture soaks into particulate matter in the air, the particles become heavy and clump together, until eventually they're too heavy to remain airborne and drop down onto the floor, away from your child's breathing zones.
Though they're great tools, humidifiers carry risks parents should be aware of. None are serious, and each can be avoided with a little time, attention, and effort.
Causes For Concern
|Bacteria||When water in a humidifier grows stagnant, it encourages the growth of bacteria. Bacteria in the air can lead to respiratory problems and trigger asthma attacks||Replace the water in your humidifier at least once a day. If it's used regularly, the water tank should be cleaned at least once per week. Read Proper Care & Cleaning for your Luma Comfort Ultrasonic Humidifier for cleaning tips|
|Mold||When humidity levels in your home exceed 50%, it encourages mold growth. Mold can trigger allergies and asthma||Track humidity levels in your home. If you don't have a hygrometer, invest in a Luma Comfort HCW10B Warm & Cool Mist Humidifier, or another humidifier with a built in hygrometer capable of monitoring humidity levels automatically|
|Dust Mites||Dust mites are microscopic organisms that live in bedrooms and kitchens, and a common allergy trigger. They thrive in environments with over 50% humidity||Same as above. Track humidity levels and invest in a humidifier with a hygrometer so you can keep humidity between 40-50%|
|Burns||Only a danger with vaporizers. Vaporizers are humidifiers that boil water and release steam. Because they spill hot water when they get knocked over, they pose a danger to small children||Always keep vaporizers out of the reach of children. If used in a child's room, make sure the child is supervised. If you want to humidify your child's room overnight, the safest choice is to use a Luma Comfort cool mist humidifier|
A clean and well-maintained humidifier provides numerous health benefits for infants, toddlers and children. Luma Comfort Humidifiers not only a great home remedy for cough and colds, they help prevent flu and asthma attacks too. For parents who live in dry climates, humidifiers are one of the easiest and gentlest ways to help your child when they're sick