13 May 2022 | 4 min Read
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Now that the sultry summer has arrived, there is rarely any respite from the heat and humidity. People turn to air coolers and air conditioners in their homes to stay cool and comfortable. But how safe is air conditioning when you have a baby at home?
The good news is that you can use an AC in your baby’s room as a properly cooled and ventilated room will help your little one have an uninterrupted sleep.
However, you must take a few precautions while using an AC in your baby’s room or any other room where the baby is sleeping, as a room that is too cold might lower the little one’s body temperature.
You must keep your baby’s room cool and comfortable to maintain a safe environment. It is advisable for babies to sleep in a temperature between 68 degrees and 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees to 22.2 degrees Celsius).
Babies are more sensitive to changes in room temperature because their bodies are still growing. Plus, your room temperature can also change your baby’s skin colour.
Here’s a list of safety measures that you should keep in mind:
While designing your baby’s nursery, you can position the crib away from the air conditioning vents.
Although the room temperature is optimal, you need to cover your baby with one extra layer while making them sleep in an air-conditioned room.
It is also advisable to take out the air filters and wash them regularly, especially if your child has a medical history of asthma, frequent sneezing, itchy skin, and recurrent conjunctivitis.
Instead switch off the AC and wait for some time so that they get used to the outside temperature before stepping out.
It is not necessary to use an AC at all times. When it isn’t too hot or humid, you can use dehumidifiers and fans as these work well to keep your baby cool and comfortable.
There’s no harm in using an AC in your baby’s room. But it is recommended not to use an AC for a long time at a stretch because exposing your little one to colder temperature can cause hypothermia.
DISCLAIMER: We have taken steps to check the accuracy of information & practices shared above; however, it is not a replacement for a doctor’s opinion. Please check with either your doctor, or an expert, before trying any suggestion, practice, or medication mentioned here.