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Tackle winter health conditions with our guide to humidification

It is that time of the year again when families can find themselves suffering from winter health conditions like coughs, colds and dry skin. During the winter months, indoor humidity levels can drop as low as 10%, partly due to the cold, dry outside air and the heating being turned up in our homes.

With such low humidity, viruses such as Influenza stand a greater chance of survival with cold and flu symptoms becoming much more common as the dark nights draw in. Cough and cold medicines are here to help, but there is also a complementary approach to seek relief from these symptoms: humidification.

But how can humidification help and what is best for your family? Humidifiers add moisture to the air to prevent dryness. By maintaining humidity levels between 40-60% within your home, you can reduce the survival of flu viruses on surfaces and in the air. Humidifiers also help to provide relief from cold and flu symptoms, such as a cough or a blocked nose by keeping the nose and throat passages hydrated. Not only do they reduce irritation, but they can also help with other winter ailments including skin conditions and cracked lips. 

Top tips when using a humidifier

  • Make sure that you only use water in your humidifier and not any liquid scented oils
  • When filling the humidifier, empty any remaining water in the tank and refill with fresh water. When not in use, make sure you clean and dry thoroughly before putting away
  • Try to make sure that humidity levels stay between 40-60% – the optimal levels for reducing cold and flu viruses. However, make sure the room doesn’t become so moist that water drips down the walls or windows, as this will encourage the growth of mold
  • Make sure the humidifier does not blow directly at your child or on furniture and walls
  • You can turn on the unit 15-20 minutes before bedtime, so that it has a chance to bring moisture levels up in the room before your baby goes to sleep

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