Q: “My doctor recommended a humidifier for my daughter’s room, but my neighbor, who is also a doctor, says they can be dangerous. Why the disagreement?”

A: A cool mist humidifier can keep the air in your daughter’s room moist and help her breathe more easily if she has a cold or asthma.

Humidifiers must be kept clean, however, to prevent bacteria or mold from growing in the chamber and spewing into the air. Disinfecting the chamber every few days with hot water and soap will do the trick.

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