Probably every family with children has experienced the following situation: your child just kept crying after you have tried whatever you could think of such as hugging, feeding milk, and changing diapers. However, there remains one more factor to account for your child's crying: humidity. In fact, children, especially small babies, are extremely sensitive to humidity. Therefore, if the humidity is controlled within an appropriate range, your child may laugh through tears easily.
So what is the appropriate range of indoor humidity level for children? And how can we monitor and adjust our indoor humidity in our daily life? Let's continue reading...The appropriate indoor humidity level for children is... ?
The optimum humidity level for children is between 40-60%. Generally, when the indoor humidity drops below 50%, your eyes and throat will begin to feel dry. Children are more sensitive to dryness than adults. Although it seems that a child's skin is more moisturized, in fact, on the opposite, the water retention function and the sebaceous glands of a child's skin are immature compared to that of adults. Such dry skin often leads to skin problems such as nevus/hemangiomas, eczema/dermatitis, etc. For children with eczema, both low and high humidity can cause flare-ups. In addition, under low humidity levels, children are more prone to nosebleeds, itching, and dry eyes. Dry environments can also exacerbate cold symptoms and cause coughs to linger after other symptoms have subsided.
Humidity management STEP 1:
Understanding the relationship between humidity and temperature
Before formally introducing tips of effectively controlling indoor humidity, let's first learn about the relationship between humidity and temperature so that we can make more correct judgments in actual humidity management.
We would like to introduce a concept called saturated water vapor. To explain briefly, if the room temperature is high, there will be a lot of water vapor in the air, and vice versa. That is to say, in a natural state, indoor humidity tends to be high in summer and low in winter. However, even in summer, there is a possibility of low indoor humidity because the air conditioning system in our houses has the function of converting heat into moisture and expelling it. Therefore, even in an air-conditioned environment, we have to consciously control the humidity level in an appropriate range.
Humidity management STEP 2: A few tips
So how could we adjust indoor humidity specifically? A few simple small appliances can effectively help us achieve this goal.
Tip 1: Install a hygrometer
By observing the home environment, we can make a rough conclusion about the humidity in the home. For example, the accumulation of fog and condensation on windows or moisture and mold on walls and ceilings indicate too much humidity in the room, while static electricity or cracked paint and furniture indicate too little humidity.
But usually, it's hard to get an accurate sense of the humidity in a room by direct visual inspection or skin. A hygrometer, however, can tell you the exact number intuitively and easily.
When installing the hygrometer, remember to put it where there is no direct sunlight; ventilated places; or with direct exposure to air conditioning. The height should be near the height of your child's bed or slightly below your child's line of sight (50 to 80 cm above the ground). An example of a vertical humidifier of Keecoon KC-033, which is 70 cm high and can monitor indoor humidity in real-time through an external detector.
Tip 2: Use electrical appliances for assistance
As mentioned above, it is difficult to keep the indoor humidity in an ideal state only by relying on the temperature regulation of the air conditioning system. It works a bit if ventilating the room or hanging wet towels in the room, but a humidifier with its own sensor which can adjust the indoor humidity level automatically is still the most effective and direct auxiliary equipment. In order to meet the needs of different families, Keecoon provides various types of humidifiers with excellent performance for you to choose. They meet the medical level, which can help your to adjust the humidity level in your child's room and carry out more fully and continuously sterilizing especially when the COVID-19 prevention and control is still undergoing.
Now that we have introduced the proper indoor humidity level for children and how to adjust that. Proper and reasonable use of hygrometers and humidifiers can help you adjust the indoor humidity, creating a more comfortable indoor environment for your child during the ongoing pandemic. Please do not hesitate and give it a try!