Air dangers are especially acute with children and the elderly. Babies have sensitive skin and even more sensitive respiratory systems. During the winter-time, when central heaters are turned on and indoor humidity drops to 10 percent or less, the dry air can irritate a baby's skin, nose, and lungs. This cold, dry air also helps viruses to grow. Furthermore, when babies come down with a cold or respiratory infection, they cannot take the same over-the-counter drugs that an older child or an adult can; their small bodies are too fragile for strong medicines. For all of these reasons, pediatricians frequently recommend humidifiers for babies, especially in dry climates.
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