Air Purifiers in Babies' Rooms
Keeping Babies Air Pure with an Air Purifier
Parents want to do everything possible to ensure their baby is safe and healthy. This includes child proofing items, avoiding products with unsafe components, and even filtering allergens and chemicals out of the air that they breathe. While some parents use air purifiers as a preventative measure, others have babies already suffering from some respiratory issues. In either case, an air purifier can help improve the quality of the air that they breathe by filtering out airborne allergens and irritants.
Maximize Their Clean Air
Our first piece of advice should go without saying and that is to refrain from allowing cigarette smoke in the home where a baby lives. Babies, especially premature ones, have lungs that are not well-developed and they are extremely susceptible to airborne irritants and chemicals in cigarette smoke. Even healthy babies lungs may have weak underdeveloped muscles, and their breathing systems may not be completely developed or operating fully.
Use an Air Purifier for Smoke, if Smoking is Occurring
If there happens to be someone smoking in the house, and you cannot prevent it, then you absolutely need to add a high performance air purifier for smoke to the baby’s bedroom, or the living space in which they spend the most time. An air purifier for smoke will include a lot of activated carbon to remove the airborne ash and also to absorb the irritating chemicals. It is ideal to keep this unit running 24/7.
Use an Air Purifier with a HEPA Filter
In most homes, smoke will not be an issue, but the indoor air can still be dusty and full of allergens and irritants. 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. The most common sources of pollutants in the home will be dust, dust mites, pollen, and mold spores. If you have pets, pet dander can also be present in the air. Regardless of what you have in your home, an air purifier with a high performance HEPA filter is going to be ideal for a baby’s room or nursery. Never use an Ozone generator or Ozone air purifier. Ozone is extremely irritating to the eyes and skin, and can be especially harmful for a new baby.
Add Activated Carbon for Chemical/Odors Concerns
Most people are very careful not to use chemicals and cleaning products that can leave harmful toxins in the air around a room or home with a new baby. These toxic irritants can make it difficult for babies to breathe and do long lasting damage to their developing lungs. If there is any concern about these types of chemicals in the home, use a chemical air purifier with a high volume of activated carbon that is designed specifically to remove airborne chemicals.
Concerns About Being Too Clean
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, such as pollen, think about how much pollen you have to encounter in order to have an allergic reaction. Usually, only a few grains are sufficient for your body’s immune system to become familiarized with these irritants and produce a reaction to them. The same goes for bacteria and viruses that cause illnesses such as colds. Your baby will undoubtedly be exposed to all sorts of allergens in the air both in their home and outdoors. It is impossible to turn their nursery into a medical grade clean room with the use of a room air purifier.
However, a room air purifier will significantly reduce the volume of irritants that they have to encounter and breathe at all hours of the night or when they are sleeping. In addition, if your baby is already having breathing difficulties caused by airborne irritants, reducing their exposure to these irritants will help their systems, but it will not 100% eliminate their exposure.
Ultimately, a clean indoor environment 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.
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