Using Air Conditioners for Babies

With the hot days of summer, some mothers are wondering whether or not it is safe to use the air conditioner in the baby’s room. Both research and doctors say that it is safe, and here’s why:

  • According to BabyCenter, it’s safer to be in an air conditioned room than a room that’s hot, airless and humid. Babies also don’t have the same body control as adults, therefore being more vulnerable to heat rash, dehydration and heat exhaustion.
  • An HVAC system in general helps prevent germs and bacteria, which is especially beneficial for babies that are still building up their immune systems. Air conditioner filters should be cleaned regularly to ensure the air remains clean and healthy. There are so many benefits to HVAC technology.

While the air conditioner has these benefits, it’s important to make sure it isn’t too cold. According to Families.com, it’s important to take some minor precautions before exposing your baby to the air conditioner:

  • Make sure the cold air isn’t directly on the baby, otherwise it will feel colder than it truly is.
  • While adults tend to like it a little cooler, our bodies are different, so aim for temperatures between 72 and 78.
  • Infants do not need blankets, especially when unsupervised. This will help keep them cool as well, making the temperature range above more acceptable.

Beingtheparent.com has some further helpful recommendations:

  • Check the baby’s chest, feet, hands, and neck to see if they’re too cold.
  • After turning off the air conditioner, wait a few minutes before taking the baby into warmer air. It will be easier for them to adjust this way.
  • Keep a bowl of water in the room to reduce dryness. Dry air could impact a baby’s sensitive skin.  

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If you don’t have access to an air conditioning unit, there are alternatives to keep your baby cool and comfortable. These include:

  • Fans
  • Humidifiers
  • Loose and light clothing
  • Public places with air conditioners, such as the public library
  • Closing the shades to block sun heat