The Best Humidifiers and Vaporizers - From Vicks to Honeywell

How these devices can help ease congestion symptoms in children

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Young children commonly get about six to eight colds and upper respiratory tract infections each year, which is why it's important for parents to choose the best humidifier or vaporizer to ease their symptoms.

Increasing the air moisture is a common way to help your child feel better when he is congested and for other cold symptoms. In general, a cool mist vaporizer or humidifier is preferred over a warm mist one because of the risk of your child getting accidentally burned.

A cool mist humidifier can be especially helpful for kids that have croup.

Learn more about the best humidifiers and vaporizers on the market for kids -- from Vicks to Honeywell--with this roundup. While these devices won't cure your child's illness, they can help a little one with a cold or the croup cope better. Note that the majority of them are Vicks products.

Vicks V3100 Mist Humidifier

The Vicks V3100 Mist Humidifier is a cool mist evaporative humidifier that works for 18 hours before needing a refill. Other features include a wick that removes impurities and prevents white dust and a low-noise level so your child will be able to sleep well with it on. This humidifier costs $39.99.

Vicks Ultrasonic Humidifier

Includes a 1.5-gallon, 20-hour tank and a whisper quiet variable control function to fine-tune mist output. Plus, with this Vicks Ultrasonic Humidifier, you can direct the mist to where your child is sleeping.

Plan on your child sleeping through the night with this nearly silent device. Different versions of this humidifier are available from $49.99 to $64.99.

Honeywell QuietCare Cool Mist Humidifier

Vicks isn't the only manufacturer to debut noteworthy humidifiers. There's also the Honeywell QuietCare Cool Mist Humidifier.

This is a high output humidifier that can run for 24 hours without a refill and is capable of humidifying up to 2300 sq. feet, or an entire home. This humidifier runs up to $129.99.

Vicks Nursery Cool Mist Humidifier

The Vicks Nursery Cool Mist Humidifier is an inexpensive cool mist humidifier that can run for up to 18 hours and is designed for use in a baby's nursery. It generates an ultra fine mist and includes an air cleaning filter that works to rid dust, pollen, odors and cigarette smoke from the air that passes through it. It can be purchased for about $30.

WindChaser Ultrasonic Humidifier

The WindChaser Ultrasonic Humidifier is an inexpensive cool mist humidifier that can run for eight to 10 hours. It costs about $30. 

Wrapping Up

Humidifiers and vaporizers aren't the only ways to ease the cold and croup symptoms of children. Using an air filter, sweeping the floors, vacuuming carpets and keeping pets (and their dander) outside of bedrooms may also help to alleviate symptoms such as congestion.

Washing pets and sealing doors and windows to prevent dust and debris from getting indoors may also help. Finally, there's always tried-and-true home remedies, such as chicken noodle soup, the hot broth of which can break up congestion.

If these tips, along with humidifiers and vaporizers, don't help your child's symptoms or the symptoms worsen, you may need to seek medical advice.

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