Air Purifiers in Babies' Rooms
Increasingly in recent years, people purchase air purifiers for their baby's or children's rooms, particularly when their children suffer from allergies or asthma. It has become customary to place silent air purifiers in a baby's nursery, regardless of whether or not the baby experiences respiratory problems.
Our first piece of advice is to refrain from allowing cigarette smoke in the home where a baby lives. Babies, especially premature ones, have lungs that are not be well-developed. Even healthy babies lungs may have weak underdeveloped muscles, and their breathing systems may not be completely developed or operating fully. However, if there is smoking in the house, we highly recommend a HEPA unit with a lot of activated carbon to absorb the smoke and chemicals. It is ideal to keep a unit running in the baby's nursery 24/7.
If there is no smoke present in the house, and indoor air purifier is still needed. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published many reports declaring that the air in our homes is two to five times as polluted as outdoor air. Even cleaning products can leave harmful toxins in the air which make it difficult for babies to breathe. An indoor air purifier that is designed to remove chemicals and odors is particularly important.
Clean air and a baby's immune system are inextricably linked. It is so important, especially during sleeping hours, that a baby breathes clean air so that its lungs and immune system have time to rest and rejuvenate. In the very least, the baby's bedroom should have a high quality HEPA air purifier.
Some parents worry that if their baby's rooms are too clean, the babies will not develop natural immunities required for general health. When it comes to airborne particles, the argument does not quite hold up. Inhaling dust, pollens, and mold spores are not only bad for adults with healthy systems, but especially for babies with developing systems.