Your little one’s nose and sinuses are designed to humidify, warm and filter air before it reaches their lungs. When their body is functioning properly, the air that they breathe is humidified to 100% but when they are suffering from a cough or congestion and the air around them is very dry, it can further add to their discomfort.
Humidification provides many benefits in helping to relive your child’s cough or congested airways. Adding moisture to the air when it is too dry by using a humidifier can help to soothe your little one’s chesty cough or blocked, stuffy nose. Having the correct moisture levels helps to maintain the correct consistency of nasal mucus, helping to soothe and unblock congested air passages. It also damps down an unproductive, tickly cough due to dry irritation, but if a cough is productive, the correct level of humidity makes it easier to clear mucus from the air passages to reduce congestion.
Humidification can also be useful in helping medications to work better. Maintaining the correct level of humidity can help to ease your child’s congested nasal passages, which can help nasal spray medication to work better. Hopefully, a humidifier will be enough on its own to bring relief to your little one’s blocked nose and cough as it is better not to use decongested sprays for more than 3 days in a row. Indeed, it is possible that they can start to experience rebound symptoms which can prolong congestion.
Natural remedies/scented oils
Our humidifiers work with Vicks VapoPads®, which can be used to bring extra relief when your child is suffering from congestion or a cough. Using the right scented oils can help to ease respiratory congestion and inhalation is the best method for young children as it is much softer on their delicate bodies.
It’s also important to know which scented oils are most suitable for young children. Lavender is ideal for helping babies to sleep, while menthol helps to ease tension and relax muscles, but should only be used with children aged 3 years and above. By using the Vicks VapoPads, you can release just the right amount of scented oils into your child’s bedroom, which they will gently inhale as they sleep. Vicks VapoPads in rosemary & lavender is suited for children over 3 months of age (or 4.5kg) as it contains both lavender to help your little one sleep, and rosemary which helps with blocked noses. If your child is over three years, the menthol version is the perfect choice, as the natural essential oils help to relieve congestion and ease the breathing of your little one.
It is also really important to make sure the pads are only used with Vicks products, as they have been designed so the essential oils spread through the air.
The pads should not be used on your child’s skin, swallowed or put under the nose.