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10/6/17

Anonymous

Hi there, Just wondering what the research is on the use of humidifiers and vaporisers for newborns? Thanks

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Posted a response on 16/6/17

Red Nose

We are unaware of any research that directly links the use of a vaporiser or humidifier to Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI).

There are, of course, some safety issues of using them in the room of a sleeping baby. It is important to ensure they are well away from the baby to reduce the risk of the baby suffering burns.

Raising Children’s Network expresses that concern also in relation to a cough.

Vaporisers and humidifiers don’t make coughing better.

Also, young children might accidentally swallow the vaporiser solution (usually containing menthol or eucalyptus) or burn themselves.

See http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/cough.html

If you are concerned that your baby is unwell, then it is always important to consult with your Health Professional.

For any questions related to Safe Sleeping please have a look at our web site: https://rednose.com.au/

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