- ,1. Oxygen Depletion: For the convectional and ceramic heaters this is one of the primary drawbacks. The following 3 ways you can negate it.
- Keep the door, or a window crack open a bit to let the outside air come inside and restore the balance.
- If you have a newborn in the room; and air quality is a very sensitive issue then think of changing your ceramic or convectional to Oil Heaters. I admit this is a bit expensive than the others. The oil heaters start from around Rs 6000 and more. But the features are perfect for this purpose. Though it takes some time to heat up; the air quality is maintained.
- Buy a room heater with an automatic temperature cut off. This would enable to reduce the constant depletion.
- The simple way to control humidity is to place a bowl of water nearby the heater. Also, you can use a humidifier if you previously have one.
- Oil heaters do not meddle much with the humidity balance in the room.
- Massage your baby's skin with virgin organic coconut oil.The oil massage will help to prevent rashes and dry up; by trapping the humidity of the skin.
As the air is hot and dry, the pollutants and viruses in the dry air are more active in the room. The reason being the moisture prevents to trap them. Similarly, the nasal passage being devoid of moisture lets us inhale all harmful particles. To avoid this, you can wash your kid's nasal passage with saline nasal drops. It keeps the moisture in the passage balanced.
This one is the easiest and yet difficult situations to overcome among kids. During winter, thirst is not induced by the body. So the urge to drink water is considerably reduced. Place a warm water bottle near your kid and remind them to drink water often. For infants and toddlers, you can give small spoonfuls of water. For the breastfeeding mother, it is your duty to provide water. Do keep a check on your water intake
The seriousness of the topic is a measure in itself. The dangers lurking increases manifold if you have a baby learning to walk, toddlers and preschoolers. They are inquisitive to touch anything. These are the following things to attend strictly:
- Never leave your child alone with the heater on. Keep it at a safe distance and inaccessible for the crawling baby or toddler.
- Do not keep it on the wooden stool or something where it heats up the base itself and prone to catching fire.
- Buy a heater with a thermostat so that the auto cut off is initiated when the desired temperature reached.