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    Caring for your Newborn

    Wondering if air conditioners and coolers are safe for your newborn baby or not? 

    Written on 7 November 2017

    Undoubtedly parents put in a lot of effort to keep their babies comfortable. The first thing that comes into the mind of any parent is how to set up a perfect temperature of the room where the baby sleeps? If you live in a country that has a warm climate then the usage of air conditioners and coolers is likely high. You don’t have to get into any dilemma because there is no harm in using an air conditioner or cooler in your baby’s room. All you have to do is take some precautions because that will provide sound sleep to your baby and will prevent the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Here are some tips that you must keep in your mind while using an air conditioner or cooler in your baby’s room:

    • Leave a window open when using a cooler- It is important to leave a window and the door open in the baby’s room because proper ventilation is important while using a cooler. The circulation of fresh air will not let the room become hot and humid.

    • Dress your baby comfortably- Usually, the temperature of the room drops at night and the usage of A.C and coolers can make the room too cold so it is important to dress up the baby in full-length clothes.

    • Monitor the temperature- Any kind of extreme temperature is bad for the baby’s health. Every time you make your baby sleep you must monitor the outside temperature and the temperature of the cooler and A.C and adjust the settings accordingly. Keep the temperature in a comfortable setting and leave the door ajar.

    • Keep your baby away from the direct blast of cold air- You must ensure that your baby does not come in direct contact with the cold air of the cooler or A.C.

    • Use a light blanket/sheet- Avoid using heavy blankets or sheets on your baby while using A.C and coolers as that increases the risk of SIDS. You can cover your baby with a soft and light weight blanket/sheet.

    • Keep checking your baby- Always be watchful when your baby is sleeping and keep correcting his/her posture. Keep changing your baby’s sleeping position and make sure your baby is not sleeping in the same pose for too long.

    • Ensure clean air for your baby- Make sure the AC and cooler of your baby’s room are serviced and cleaned on regular basis. You can also install an air conditioner with a built-in air purifier in your baby’s room.

    • Take care of the temperature difference- Sudden changes in the temperature are harmful to your baby’s health. If your baby is in the air-conditioned room for too long then do not immediately take your child to a hot place. Let the temperature of the room get normal after switching off the AC and then expose your baby to another place. Similarly, is with the Car, when you are traveling with your baby in an air-conditioned car then you must switch it off for a while before stepping out of the car.

    • Avoid dryness- Excess usage of air conditioners can cause dryness in the room so you must keep a bowl of water in the room. You can consult a pediatrician first if you want to apply any baby oil in your baby’s nostrils. You can dip an earbud in some baby oil and gently swipe it in each nostril.

    According to the health experts, there is no harm in using air conditioners and coolers however you must not use them for a long time at a stretch and it is important to let your child breathe some fresh air in the mornings and evenings.

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