Environmental conditions for a newborn baby can be quite acute. Everything from the cleanliness of the home to the quality of air can greatly impact a child that has never experienced the world before. The air that you breathe can have a profound result on your infant even though you are unaffected. While everyone knows how cigarette smoke can affect the breathing of anyone in the household, what about the other particulates that are ever present? What can you do to improve the quality of the air your baby breathes?
Keeping the home clean can have more of an impact on the physical health of an individual than you may realize. Dust, mold spores, pet dandruff and more can cause a great deal of discomfort for a new child. In fact, your child could grow to be asthmatic and the particulates in the air could cause an attack. Keeping your home as clean as possible can greatly reduce the risk of exposure to these problems.
2. HVAC Filters
Whether it is the furnace in the winter or the air conditioner in the summer, the filters need to be replaced in order to optimize the quality of air purity and energy efficiency of the home. A clogged filter can continue to distribute various particulates throughout the home through the ventilation systems. Periodically ensure that these filters are cleaned, replaced or otherwise maintained in order to provide an optimal breathing atmosphere. You don’t need to live in a plastic bubble, but keeping the dust and fur from being spread about the home can make a huge difference in comfort for everyone.
Many people are affected by humidity levels in different ways. Some of this adaptability is brought on by genetics. However, an ideal humidity level for your home can help improve the quality of the air. In areas that are too dry, many people find it difficult to breathe and could develop small sores around the nostrils and mouth. This is caused from being too parched. It’s much the same effect that happens if you were to hike through a desert.
Plants can do more for your home than just make it look greener. Some plants can actually be used to help purify the air. During experiments by NASA in the 1980s, plants were used to essentially scrub volatile organic compounds from the air. This is aside from the belief of plants converting carbon dioxide. Plants can also help keep the level of dust down within the home especially if you have more greenery outside in your lawn. A home is far more likely to be covered in dust regularly if the yard consists of nothing more than dirt.
Some air conditioners and cooling fans are built with air ionizers. These devices essentially trap particulates within the air onto the diodes within. The fan part circulates bad air to be ionized and then blows the purified air outward. These can work great especially if you have pets.
Your infant is breathing the oxygen of the planet for the first time. He or she is not going to have a tolerance level built yet. Don’t underestimate the fact that your home’s air quality could be bad for the baby. Provide them with a comfortable existence as they develop.
Guest blog by Ashley Hardway, Owner of Nanny Classifieds
Always curious, Ashley is constantly learning and passionate about sharing what she learns with others. Based in Houston, Texas, she loves to help families grow stronger, help their environments and communities, and keep moving forward!
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