Is Steam good for a baby cough?
“Give your child steam, steam, and more steam!” urges Dr. Sears. “Sitting near the steamy blast of a hot shower will loosen your baby's nose and chest congestion, and help your child cough it up or blow it out.” Shower steam is also recognized as an effective treatment for infant croup.
Hot water or steam from a warm-mist humidifier or steam vaporizer can burn a child if he or she gets too close. Humidifiers add moisture to the air, which may help ease coughing and congestion due to a cold. Warm-mist and cool-mist humidifiers are equally effective in humidifying the air.
- Here are the Best Baby Humidifiers of 2018!
- TekJoy Cool Mist Humidifier.
- Pure Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier.
- Taotronics Ultrasonic Humidifier.
- Honeywell Cool Mist Humidifier.
- Seneo/Primacc Cool Mist Humidifier.
- Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier w/Diffuser.
- Vornadobaby Huey Evaporative Humidifier.
- A few home treatments can make your little one comfortable again.
- Try Saline (Saltwater) Drops. You can buy this at the store.
- Remove the Sticky Stuff. Sometimes mucus hardens into a crusty or sticky mess around your baby's nose.
- Give Love Pats.
- Know When to Wait It Out.
- “Give your child steam, steam, and more steam!” urges Dr. Sears. “Sitting near the steamy blast of a hot shower will loosen your baby's nose and chest congestion, and help your child cough it up or blow it out.” Shower steam is also recognized as an effective treatment for infant croup.
Colds are viruses, and even though our grandmothers always told us not to go outside with wet hair or we will catch a cold, that's not true.. you catch cold from other sick people. Bathe your baby as much as you want, especially if it helps her sleep - sleep heals the body!
- Here are eight ways to help your congested baby breathe -- so you can, too:
- Get to the Root of the Problem.
- Use Saline Drops.
- Suction With a Bulb Syringe.
- Take a Steamy Bath.
- Run a Cool Mist Humidifier.
- Keep Your Baby Hydrated.
- Keep Your Baby Upright.
- Avoid Irritants.
- A 15-minute bath in lukewarm water may help bring your child's fever down. Make sure the water doesn't get cold, and take her out if she starts to shiver. If your child is weaned, encourage him to drink extra water.
- If the room is hot or stuffy, a fan may help. A lukewarm bath or sponge bath may help cool someone with a fever. This is effective after medicine is given -- otherwise the temperature might bounce right back up. DO NOT use cold baths, ice, or alcohol rubs.
Updated: 2nd October 2019