Why You Need to Worry About Air Quality for Your Baby

Healthy indoor air quality is important for your overall wellness and especially for a newborn. How can you ensure air quality is healthy for your baby?

Newborn baby sleeping

Healthy indoor air quality is essential for overall health and wellness, no matter if you’re a young child or an adult. Newborn babies are no exception, in fact they require more care and attention when it comes to air quality. That is why you’ll often see humidifiers on baby registries.

Dry air can be detrimental to a baby’s sensitive skin and indoor air pollutants like mold and dust can contribute to breathing problems. We’re covering the reasons why air quality should not be overlooked when it comes to caring for a new baby.

Prenatal Care

Pregnant mom expecting baby.

While air quality should never be overlooked as a health concern, expecting mothers need to be particularly cautious when it comes to air pollution exposure. Extensive research and studies have been conducted, finding a correlation between air pollution and premature births.

According to research from a study conducted by the Environmental Health Perspective, air pollution, particularly PM 2.5, generates inflammation that disrupts blood vessels in the heart, lungs, and other organs. Dr. Leonardo Trasande, the study’s lead author and pediatrician at NYU’s Langone Medical Center believes “inflammation of blood vessels in the placenta impedes the flow of oxygen to the fetus, ultimately increasing the likelihood of an early delivery.” In collaboration with the EPA and the CDC, Trasande and his fellow researchers found that roughly 3 percent of all preterm births in the United States are caused by air pollution.

Ridding Air of Pollutants

Baby getting good sleep because of healthy air quality

As outdoor air pollution is a serious concern for expecting mothers, indoor air pollution does not become any less of a concern. Indoor airborne pollutants can be anything from allergens like pollen and dust to harmful chemicals and cigarette smoke. Keeping your baby’s air healthy and free from these types of pollutants can help prevent allergies and and other respiratory problems.

The National Safety Council says an air purifier is necessary for a baby’s nursery in order to protect your baby from the side effects of air pollution exposure like “headaches, tiredness, dizziness, nausea, itchy nose and scratchy throat and more serious effects are asthma and other breathing disorders and cancer.”

Just as we do what we can to improve outdoor air quality (by driving less or taking public transportation for example), make it a point to improve your indoor air quality, especially when you baby’s lungs and respiratory system are still sensitive and developing.

Sensitivities to Dry Air

Humidifier in baby nursery for healthy indoor air quality

Even before your baby is home safe and ready to start sleeping in its nursery, you should be creating the perfect indoor air quality environment. Babies are particularly sensitive to dry indoor air and are much more susceptible to congestion sickness and dry skin problems like eczema. Get a head start and start running a humidifier even before the due date so when it’s finally time to come home, the nursery is a perfectly healthy and humidified environment.

Not All Humidifiers Are Created Equal

A Venta Airwasher is the perfect way to keep a baby healthy in a nursery.

Here at Venta, we’re passionate about providing our customers with healthy indoor air quality. That’s why we make it our mission to ensure you know that the Airwasher is NOT like other humidifiers. In fact, the Airwasher is the safest option for new parents who are in the market for a humidifier for their baby.

When you’re looking to provide healthy indoor air quality for your little one, messy expensive filters, risk of mold and bacteria and hot (potentially burning) steam are not on your list of safety requirements. So why settle for humidifiers that do those things? A Venta Airwasher is different and is the best way to provide your baby with healthy indoor air quality.

The Airwasher does not use filters, cutting down the cost of needing to buy replacements which can be expensive. Due to the patented Cold-Water Evaporation technology, there is no danger of over-humidification, so you’ll never have to worry if the nursery is getting too humid, risking mold growth or dust mites. The Airwasher isn’t a forced moisture humidifier, so you don’t need to worry about bacteria-laden hot steam or cool mist being pumped into the air.

Consumer Reports has warned against traditional humidifiers as being unsafe stating:

“Both the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency warn that emissions from dirty humidifiers can cause health problems, especially for folks who suffer from asthma or allergies. Of the three types of humidifiers we tested—evaporative, ultrasonic, and vaporizer—we found that none of the evaporative models emitted airborne bacteria.”

When it comes to your baby’s health, you should not have to worry if your humidifier will get them sick or not.

Healthy Air from Day One

Your baby deserves healthy air from day one. Keeping the air in your baby’s nursery properly humidified and airborne pollutant-free is a vital part of providing overall health and wellness for your little one.

Do you use a humidifier or air purifier in your baby’s nursery? Did you know that traditional humidifiers are considered dangerous? Let us know in the comments!