Have you ever woken up, only to discover that your lips have cracked because of lack of moisture in the air? Now just imagine what that would be like for someone who suffers from eczema flare ups!
Humidity plays a huge role in preventing our skin from drying out, which makes a humidifier one of the best tools we have to help manage eczema. By adding moisture to the skin, we can prevent cracks and flaking, keeping it moist and able to keep foreign substances out. For eczema children, this is a must.
If you have an eczema child who suffers from flare ups, but not every single day, you might not want to put them into an Eczema Rescue Suit or Eczema Gloves for Wet Wrap Therapy every single night. A humidifier can act as a sort of low level version of Wet Wrap Therapy, keeping moisture inside and preventing their skin from becoming drier and painful. Generally, you want the moisture level in the room you are sleeping to be between 30% to 50%. The key isn’t to make the room uncomfortably humid, you just want it at a perfect temperature to sleep in.
There are a number of different kinds of humidifiers, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Here are some of the most popular choices that you can use to help manage eczema flare ups:
Cool Mist Humidifiers
When you think of a humidifier, this is probably the kind you are picturing. They create a cool mist of water that dissipates throughout the room to increase the humidity level.
The only major issue with cool mist humidifiers is that they tend to be quite noisy, potentially keeping your eczema child awake throughout the night. As with all humidifiers, they need to be cleaned regularly to prevent a buildup of mold.
Warm Mist Humidifiers
Quieter than cool mist humidifiers, warm mist humidifiers are often used to treat colds and flus. They use a heat plate to boil water and generate steam that increases the humidity in the room. If you have a small eczema child who likes to investigate things, the hot steam might prove to be a hazard.
Another issue is that they tend to be a pain in the butt to clean. Minerals will build up on the heat pad after one week, preventing it from working properly unless it is cleaned off. If you are looking for something low maintenance, a warm mist humidifier might not be the best option.
Welcome to the future! These humidifiers use ultrasonic vibrations to create tiny water droplets that are then fanned out to the entire room. They are incredibly quiet and will create a cool mist, much like the cool mist humidifiers above. A demineralization cartridge will remove any minerals from the water before they are ejected into the air.
A great thing about ultrasonic humidifiers is that they are incredibly easy to clean and take care for. Also a big plus is the fact that they run silent, if your eczema child is bothered by white noises throughout the night. If we had to choose a humidifier option, this would be it.
Whole Home Humidifiers
If you want your entire home to be kept at an optimal level of humidity for your eczema children, or yourself, you could choose a whole home humidifier. They do tend to be very expensive in comparison to other, single room units. Although you don’t need to do any home renovations to make them work (It isn’t part of your HVAC system), they can still take up quite a bit of space. One of the nice things about these giant humidifiers is that they cover a huge area and only usually need to be filled once every week. If you want a low maintenance unit that will cover a large space, this might be a good choice.
Whatever model you choose, a humidifier is well worth the investment. Using one can help keep your eczema child’s skin healthy and moist throughout the night. And hey, even if you don’t personally suffer from eczema, relief from those dry, chapped lips in the morning wouldn’t be bad either, right?