Tackling the winter cough naturally

In the winter, humidification levels can drop below 25% in your home, especially when central heating or alternative heat sources are being utilised more. Low humidity can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, dry skin, fatigue, tiredness and reduced concentration. Does any of this sound familiar in your house?In addition to this the winter months can feel like an endless cycle of coughs, runny noses, colds and even flu. This can be especially apparent when you have a large family as bugs get passed around with ease. If you have children in school or nursery you are probably on the receiving end of a number of bugs, especially during the winter months. Have you considered using a humidfier to help to ease some of these symptoms?Years ago when my eldest child had croup, I would sit for hours in the bathroom with her with the hot tap on trying to ease her symptoms with the steam. Many paediatricians would recommend running a humidifier to help ease and relieve symptoms when a child is sick with a cold or suffering from croup. Steam, mixed with cool air, makes a fine mist of warm water that is sprayed into the room – in winter, this warm mist facilitates easier breathing.Humidifiers are also known to help ease dry skin conditions such as eczema, and can help those who suffer from asthma and allergies.  One of these machines is well worth investing in if you have children. Especially given the controversy surrounding cough mixture – in addition, it is always good as a parent to have natural methods of boosting the health of your family.We have been using the HoMedics Ultrasonic Cool & Warm Humidifier – this has a summer cool and winter warm option. 

Summer cool – works by decreasing the temperature in the room to facilitate making breathing easier for those who suffer from asthma or allergies.  Also cools room temperature – ideal for those hot summer days and nights. Winter warm – free from bacteria, minerals and other impurities, it provides perfect humidity for an improved well-being.  Also maintains your room temperature – perfect for those cold winter months.The Clean Mist™ Technology and ultraviolet light kills germs and bacteria in the water safely and effectively, adding to a cleaner air experience. The Ultrasonic high frequency technology is used to convert the water into particles that are dispersed into the air evenly.  It also allows for virtually silent operation. Built in Night Light – ideal for children’s bedrooms. The Digital Humidity Level Display measures and displays the room’s humidity. The Purifier has up to 72 hours runtime with a convenient LED “refill indicator” light.  It also 24 hour timer and auto shut-off protection system for when the water tank is empty. With no filter, there is no need to worry about cleaning or replacement parts. The water tank is easy to remove and fill, with an adjustable mist control. It also has an auto shut-off protection system to stop the unit running on empty giving you peace of mind should you leave the humidifier running.

This is easy to set up and one of the best features is the lack of filter because you don’t have to worry about replacing parts. As long as you keep it clean and fill up the water when required you don’t need to worry about anything else. This really does help relieve even the worst of coughs in little ones and grown ups alike and dramatically improves the condition of skin prone to eczema. So if you have been applying creams and lotions without success then this really is worth a go. The night light is ideal for use in the children’s rooms and once plugged in and up and running you can instantly notice the quality of the air you are breathing in. Keep the room door shut to make it extra effective! Coughs and colds and other related health issues can cause many sleepless nights in family homes so if this is something you are struggling with you might want to consider investing in one of these.

Good luck and stay healthy! 

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