Dear SafeMama: Humidifier Edition

By Kristie Turck •  Published 02/04/09 •  2 min read

Last updated on February 13th, 2009 at 03:45 pm

Hello, I’m looking for a warm-mist humidifier for my daughter’s room and am wondering if you know anything about them containing BPA.  Some of the water resevoirs are hard, clear plastic and since the water is heated, I’m concerned about spewing BPA filled water into the air as she sleeps! Any suggestions?

I’ve sat on this question for awhile, while I did some research.  And from what I can tell, all humidifiers contain a polycarbonate (i.e. BPA laden) container.    Unfortunately,  my searches for a warm mist humidifier that didn’t have a polycarbonate tank turned up fruitless.     I know that warm mist is better feels better in the  winter.   We had a warm mist one last winter and it not only helped my son feel better, but it helped keep his normally cold room toasty warm.    That said (and not what you want to hear),  I would stick with cool mist humidifiers at this time .  My pediatrician also recommended taking your sick child into the bathroom right before bedtime and run a hot shower to help loosen steam.   I can’t really recommend a plastic appliance that boils water.

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