Why the Correct Room Temperature and Humidity is Key to Your Baby’s Health
December 20, 2018
We know how important the right environment is for your baby. Everything counts – from healthy baby food, to comfortable clothes, plenty of brain-stimulating activities, and educational toys. But have you thought about how room temperature and humidity affect your child?
First off, let’s get our definitions straight. Temperature is how hot or cold the room is. Humidity is the level of moisture in the air. Both temperature and humidity change depending on the season, where you live, how your house is designed, and many other factors.
Correct temperature for baby’s room
The best way to test the temperature is to ask yourself: Do I feel comfortable in this room? If you need a sweater, or you’re starting to sweat, then it’s time to adjust the temperature. Standard room temperature is 65-72°F, and that’s just about perfect for babies.
Before winter sets in, check that your heating system works correctly. In the summer, use air conditioning or a fan. Make sure that your baby has appropriate sleepwear, that’s cozy without being hot or uncomfortable.
To check your baby’s temperature, gently touch their chest. If they look sweaty, or their skin is mottled, then they might be too hot. You’ll soon learn what suits you and your child!
Correct humidity for baby’s room
If the air is very dry, it can make you feel congested – almost as if you have a cold. On the other hand, a very high humidity level can cause mold growth and increase your chances of getting sick.
Safe humidity levels are between 30-60%. If you need to reduce humidity, then check your home’s ventilation and heating are in good order.
Depending on the season, climate, and conditions, you can use a humidifier to make the air more humid. This can be very helpful for kids with asthma or other respiratory problems.
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