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Hi Mums, my child has a cold but I’m confused whether to buy a diffuser, a humidifier or a steam vaporizer for kids? What do these devices all do and how are they different?

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  • They R all to big and cumbersome. They would need to sit still 4 to long and for this reason I won’t use one myself, but I buy a pack of Vicks Vapor Drops and they cleare me up perfectly while not restrcking me at all.

  • We have an humidifier – it seems to not only filter the air but take the really bad chill off it. It works for us.

  • A vapouriser seems to be the best choice to me

  • We always used the vaporizer with the eucalyptus for our son. And we rubbed Vicks on his feet. It seemed to do the trick.

  • I don’t even know the difference!

  • Especially when the kids are young cold symptoms can have a huge impact on the overall wellbeing, feeding and sleep. I have a vaporizer. It helps to keep the nose clear and improves the sleep.

  • We used vaporizer.Apart from that i used to give them steam water with lemon.I never throw away the lemon peels.Always used them to use when kids have cold.

  • Our daughters have Autism and one suffers ear aches and sinus issues regularly and my husband found using masonry spray once a day relieved the pressure in her ears and clears sinuses.

  • The diffusers are only good for aromatherapy so I would strike that off the list. Had a vaporiser years ago and it was quite good but I have not tried a humidifier yet

  • A lot of Mum’s I speak to prefer vaporizers. Humidifiers work by creating mist from cold water, whereas vaporizers heat water to create steam. I think it comes down to personal preference though! I’m yet to buy one but will definitely get the vaporizer.

  • We used a vapouriser because the menthol smell helped our kids best. I don’t actually know what the difference is between them though.

  • Definitely a vaporiser as number one. My little ones are battling a cold at the moment, and my youngest had a horrible night sleep the first night with stuffy nose and sore throat. The following night I set our Vaporizer up and he slept the whole night as it definitely helps to soothe the sore throat and clear the nose.

  • I would buy a Vaporizer as you have the special bottle of stuff they sell putting in it and it fills the air in the bedroom with vapours to help a child breathe. Steam is what helps with a child’s breathing and good for the whole family when they have a cold or asthmatic, so that is why I say a Vaporizer.

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