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Tips for Improving Air Quality for Babies

Last updated August. 17, 2018

When it is just you and your spouse, you can be a bit complacent about the quality of air in your house but once you have a child, it is extremely important to worry more about the quality of air in your home.

Your tender little baby is far more fragile than you can imagine and you need to make sure that he/she gets the right quality of air to avoid complications.

While it can be fun to watch the rhythmic rising of the babies’ chests as they inhale and exhale, you need to understand that their systems are just too tender and fragile to handle impurities.

There are lots of damages that can result from exposing a child to poor quality air.

Even if it doesn’t cause any major physical problem, there are mental issues you need to worry about at infancy and even when the child grows up.

Such problems as attention deficiency and hyperactivity disorders are associated with impurities in the air.

No matter where you live, there are several air impurities you may have to battle with. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals that you are most likely going to encounter indoors than outdoors due to the fact that they are produced by most indoor items.


Even in areas with significant outdoor air pollution, VOCs can be as much as ten times higher indoors than outdoors.

So even if you do not live close to a major road where air pollution, is an issue you still have to take care of your indoor space for the sake of babies.

Besides the chemicals that are collectively referred to as VOCs, other air impurities that are common in homes include dust, lead, and others. These substances have both short-term and long-term health effect on both the young and the old.

They can affect such important organs as the kidney, liver, the brain and the rest of the nervous system. In the case of your babies, these important organs are too tender and more prone to problems.

Considering the fact that your babies spend more time indoors, it is exceedingly important that you do the best you can to improve the air quality for their sake. Here, we will consider some simple but effective ways you can go about this.

1. Keep the Floor Clean

You may be surprised at the amount of indoor air impurities that are harboured on your floor.

Rugs and carpets contributes so much to air impurity and if you can keep them as clean as possible, you would have done so much to improve your indoor air quality.

You can start by removing your shoes outside or having a doormat in place to control the amount of impurities introduced through shoes from the outdoor environment.

In the case of your babies’ room, you need to insist on removing shoes for anyone that wants to enter. This can help to keep out such contaminants as lead, animal droppings, dust and pesticides.

You also need to clean with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. Mop bare floors regularly too. Also, when shopping, avoid products that can emit VOCs and other harmful chemicals. Try as much as possible to buy eco-friendly products.


2. Freshen the Air Naturally

There are different ways you can freshen your indoor air naturally. The commonest means to do this is to open your windows strategically.

During the day when there could be so many air impurities outdoors, it is important that you minimize the amount of air entering the house from outside.

At night, however, you can open your windows for about 5 minutes to let out some polluted air. This way, fresh air that contain little or no impurities can enter your indoor space.

There are some indoor plants that have been found to help with air purification. Such plants as Aloe Vera, Areca Palm Tree, Ficus Tree, Fern, Golden Pothos, Snake Plant, and several others can really help to purify your indoor air.

Instead of using scented candles or some chemical air fresheners, use natural herbs and essential oils to freshen the air in your home.

3. Keep Humidity Low

Another thing that can really compromise the quality of your indoor air is mould growth. This fungus grow where there is adequate moisture and is associated with several undesirable health conditions.

By controlling moisture in your home, you will be able to keep mould growth at bay. You can keep tab of the moisture level in your home by using hygrometer. It measures relative humidity.

The ideal indoor humidity should be less than 60%. Once it gets to 60% or more, it is important that you dehumidify. To keep humidity low, check for leaks and ensure that there are no leaky plumbing, walls or cracks.

They all contribute to moisture in your home. You can also open bathroom windows more and ensure that your kitchen is always clean and moisture-free in order to keep humidity low.


4. Avoid Products that Contribute to Air Impurities

There are some home products that we all use that actually contribute so much to air pollution. Products with synthetic fragrances and perfumes are some of the most notorious culprits in this regard.

There are also some cleaning products that can affect indoor air quality negatively. There are healthy alternative to these products. Dont't make the common cleaning mistakes when you are cleaning.

When you are shopping, you can always look out for eco-friendly products. If it means you need to make a little research before shopping, do that for the benefit of your babies.

5. Use Air Purifiers Sensibly

There are individuals that will wait until their little ones or any member of their household suffer from asthma or allergies before they invest in air purifiers.

The truth, however, is that air pollution has both long-term and short-term effect on you and your babies and it is absolutely better that you invest in an air purifier as early as possible to prevent any problem.

Air coolers can be effectively used to keep babies and newborns cool in summer months. It is important to provide them with air cooling that is completely natural and doesn't adversely affect the quality of air.

Air pollutions poses more danger than most of us can imagine. We believe that everyone is important so you need to keep your indoor air pure for everyone.

If you have a baby, however, you really need to do more. Babies may be affected more by air impurities than adults so you need to do all you can to ensure that your indoor air quality is improved if you have babies.

If you have any further questions, contact us and we would be happy to help you.