As we head into winter, it’s time to bring out the warm woolies, thermal blankies and soothing soup recipes. It’s also time to prepare for cold and flu season. This one is shaping up to be another big one, especially for our little kids who often come into contact with these horrible germs.

With the onset of winter also comes the increase in coughs and colds. Source: Bigstock

When your little one is snotty and snuffly, it means daycare, playdates (and most likely work for you) is off the table.

It also means you’ll be playing Doctor Mummy for the next few days. It can be so distressing to see your child at the mercy of a cough or cold and feel powerless to help. That’s why the Vicks WarmSteam Vaporizer* is such a great standby to have at home and a valuable tool to have in your armoury as we head into winter!

The magic of warm steam

The Vicks WarmSteam Vaporizer uses gentle, natural steam therapy to soothe your child’s cold and flu symptoms, and can help in getting the whole family a better night’s sleep.

Adding a small amount of the Vicks VapoSteam containing soothing essential oils will help comfort them throughout the night as well as leaving a subtle eucalyptus and peppermint aroma in the air.

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The Vicks WarmSteam Vaporizer lasts 12-14 hours and will shut down when water runs low. Source: Mum Central

You may be surprised at how much of a difference warm steam can make to your little one’s health. Check out these benefits of warm steam!


 

Discover the benefits of warm steam
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What's a WarmSteam Vaporizer?

Great question! Quite simply, the WarmSteam Vaporizer heats water to create steam. The unit cools the steam prior to releasing it into the atmosphere which then adds humidity to the room.

You can use WarmSteam Vaporizers on their own with just water or add an inhalant, such as Vicks Vaposteam for additional soothing qualities.

Safety first!

The WarmSteam vaporizer is also safe to use around babies and small children. Their unique design helps avoid scalding from hot steam which is cooled (by 25%) before it’s expelled.  Plus, the vaporizer has a 12-14 hour runtime so you can leave it running overnight while sleeping with the unit automatically switching off when the water level reaches a certain level.

TIP: Unsure of the difference between a vaporizer and a humidifier? Check out our previous story to help you decide which is the right option for your family.

Benefits of warm steam

Below are just a few of the reasons why we recommend every parent arm themselves with a WarmSteam Vaporizer, especially with cold and flu season coming up. It’s a one-off purchase, is suitable for babies right up to adults and will serve the family for years to come!

A WarmSteam Vaporizer can:

1. Alleviate cold and flu symptoms

Nothing is going to immediately “cure” a cold. It’s an infection that our bodies must fight. However, what warm steam does is relieve some of the common cold symptoms so you don’t feel so miserable while your body is battling the germs.

WarmSteam vaporizers help to relieve congestion so we can breathe easy again. Source: Bigstock

2. Clear congestion

Warm steam works by releasing humidity into the air which reduces phlegm by thinning any mucus and making it easier to expel.

A WarmSteam Vaporizer can help reduce congestion in the nose and throat, helping to relieve coughing, sore throats and snotty noses. It can also make it easier for bub to feed.

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WarmSteam Vaporizers can make it easier for bub to breathe making feeding so much easier. Source: Bigstock

3. Relieve sinus pressure

Sinus pain is horrendous and is one of the tell-tale signs that you’ve got a cold or flu. Sinus pressure generally feels like intense pressure around the eyes, nose, under the cheeks, and on your forehead. Not nice, especially for our little ones who often can’t describe what’s hurting them.

Warm steam is great for sinus pressure because it works to promote the proper secretion of mucus. It calms the mucous membranes and

WarmSteam Vaporizers add moisture to the nasal passage, relieving pressure in the sinuses. Source: Bigstock

 


4. Make breathing easier

Coughs and colds often attack the respiratory system, making it hard to do much without being plagued by a yucky, annoying cough. Another great thing about warm steam is that it loosens congestion that builds up in the respiratory tract, making it easier to breathe in and out.

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Warm steam loosens congestion making it easier to breathe. Source: Bigstock

5. Ease irritation 

By adding warm steam to the air, the moisture helps to soothe a sore throat and dry itchy eyes. Plus, it also helps to relax the throat muscles to soothe coughing spells and alleviate those dreaded dry hacks. 

Warm steam helps to soothe a sore throat and dry, itchy eyes.  Source: Bigstock

6. Ensures a more comfortable sleep

Perhaps the biggest benefit of warm steam is that it can help provides a more restful sleep for your little one.  After all, cold symptoms tend to get MUCH worse at night, especially when lying down and when the air gets cold and crisp.

Having that extra steam in the air may keep your little one clear of coughing and congestion during the night. The Vicks WarmSteam Vaporizer comes with a 14-hour run time too so you can set it and forget it through the night. Even more peace of mind for you to know that safety is a number one priority for Vicks.

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Vicks Vaporizer a must for cold and flu season

If you’ve got little ones, we believe a warm steam vaporizer is essential to have on hand. Our recommendation is the Vicks WarmSteam Vaporizer. It comes with all the benefits of warm steam listed above, is easy to use, and is suitable for everyone in the family, from newborns to adults.

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Warm steam vaporizers for the win! Source: Mum Central

The Vicks WarmSteam Vaporizer also comes with a 5-year warranty,  an automatic shut-off and a 14-hour run-time, ideal for overnight. It offers a gentle, non-medicated, all-natural way to relieve cold and flu symptoms and helps your little ones feel better when under the weather.

The Vicks WarmSteam Vaporizer can work with water or with Vicks VapoSteam Inhalant, which provides the refreshing fragrance of eucalyptus and peppermint and comes in a standard or double-strength formula.

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The Vicks VapoSteam leaves a gentle eucalyptus and peppermint aroma in the room. Source: Mum Central

Find the Vicks Vaporizer at your local pharmacy. For more info and stockists, check out the Vicks website

 


This is a sponsored editorial for VICKS.

*Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, speak to your healthcare professional. Certain trademarks used under license from The Procter & Gamble Company or its affiliates.

Author

Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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