Newborn babies can’t adjust their body temperature well in the same way adults do. Hence, they are susceptible to heat-related illnesses such as dehydration and heat rash. And if they can’t sleep comfortably in a hot, unventilated room, they are at risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). To prevent SIDS and other heat-related illnesses, parents often put their newborn babies to sleep in an air-conditioned room.
While air conditioners can make a room more comfortable, they can also make the interior space unbearably cold. Adults can adjust their body to a cold temperature or they can always set the AC higher when it’s too cold. But if an infant is left in a very cold room, he or she may suffer from hypothermia. Doctors recommend checking your baby’s temperature by feeling their neck or chest to determine whether they feel too warm or too cold inside the room. It’d also help if you place the crib far from the air vents, so the air will not blow directly on your infant.
Because of their mechanism, air conditioning systems may contribute to the spread of germs and common cold viruses. So, it is essential that the AC used in the nursery is clean and regularly serviced. If properly maintained, the AC will work efficiently and help prevent the spread of germs which are harmful to your newborn.
Your infant is safe in an air-conditioned room, as long as you know how to use the AC appropriately. If it’s clean and not too cold, the AC can provide your baby with comfort that he or she needs. Make sure your AC in the nursery is always in great condition. After all, your baby’s health should always be on top of your priorities.