Babies are extremely delicate creatures that need to be handled with the utmost care and love. Their feeders need to be clean, their environmental temperature needs to be optimal and they need to be under observation for much of the day.
Babies cannot regulate their own body temperatures as well as adults can. Therefore, their environmental temperature needs to be such that it helps attain their optimal temperature so that their internal metabolic functions can work properly.
The ideal room temperature for babies is 68-72°F. Their bodies contain enzymes which operate the basic metabolic functions of the cell and require a specific temperature to work. They get denatured above or below that temperature.
Constant, prolonged exposure to temperatures lower or higher than the ideal temperature can have serious health consequences, some of which are listed below.
In case the temperature is higher than normal;
- Chances of sudden infant death syndrome increase
- Dehydration increases
- Chances of having sleep apnea increase
Babies catch heat quicker than normal, and produce less sweat, so make sure you don’t expose them to higher temperatures. Breastfeed babies more frequently when the temperature is high and make sure to keep thick clothes away.
In case the temperature is lower than normal
- Heart rate decreases
- Chances of catching a viral infection or cold increase
- Nasal congestion can result, making it harder for the baby to breathe
- Risk of contracting pneumonia increases
- Epistaxis occurs
- Skin becomes dry and scaly
These effects can be prevented by covering up the baby properly with thick clothing and multiple layers of clothing. Use heaters too if necessary in the winter season. However, do not cover the head or face of the babies with thick clothing under any circumstances.
It’s vital that you keep the room temperature at an ideal level for your baby’s health.
How can I keep the temperature at an ideal level ?
There are all kinds of ways to cool a room or heat a room and technology is a round to monitor the room and maintain a constant temperature. Let’s have a look at some of these.
The whole idea behind air conditioning is to maintain a constant temperature, whatever temperature is comfortable or necessary. To keep a room comfortable for a baby would be an extremely easy task with an air conditioner, you’d simply select what temperature you’d like the room to be – in this case around 70ºF and the air condioning unit would heat or cool the room until it reached 70ºF – then it would keep making adjustments to maintain the temperature.
You can buy various sized air conditioners for the home – portable units that can serve a typical family room and bigger can be purchased for $200-$300 and smaller units can be even less than that. Check Amazon for the latest prices.
Fans move air around and that moving air will cool you down. If you can’t get an air conditioner, then a fan is the next best way to cool yourself down quickly. They can be positioned in different locations – a ceiling fan would move a greater body of air around, cooling a room more uniformly. Table fans can be placed near to where you’re sat and offer a quicker, more intense cooling session.
Fans are relatively cheap as well – table fans can be bought for as little as $10-20. Pedestal fans are a little more – around $40-150. Ceiling fans are more expensive as they start to take on more of a furniture role in the house. In fact some ceiling fans are so full of design and character they can really be a focal point in the house – have a look at our 10 unique ceiling fans article to see some real refreshing designs.
Other ways to cool a room
- Close the curtains and blinds
- Turn off chargers and electric items that you’re not using
- Use energy efficient lightbulbs
- Don’t use the oven – cook outside or eat cold food
- Build natural sun barriers – trees and bushes can block the sun shining into a room
- Sleep lower down – heat rises
- Wear looser fitting clothes
- Use cooler fibres on your bed, such as silk and cotton
- Cool down quickly with a wet cloth on the skin
- Stay hydrated – drink water
For more on this have a read of our How to cool a room without air con article.