|The arrival of a newborn baby at home is often preceded by excited preparations mainly for the organization of its little bedroom and its spaces. There are also other as well important details to be considered before welcoming a baby in a place which should be as healthier as possible. Improving the domestic atmosphere, the indoor light quality and sounds does not mean that we have to turn the whole apartment upside-down but simply bring about some small changes in life-style by making practical choices and compromises so as the house will be healthier for children.
Pure air provides chemical, magnetic and electric energies. Together with oxygen, it also brings about the combustion of nutriments and it is the main aliment ingested by babies since the early hours of birth.
Therefore it is of great importance to check the indoor air quality keeping in mind and not underestimating that today the latest technologies have made the pollution rate rise notably. Newborn babies and young children are more vulnerable than adults because, due to their size and quicker respiratory rhythms, they ingest a major quantity of polluted substances contained in the air, food and water.
This happens also because the contaminated substances are heavier than air and tend to accumulate in the lower layers of the atmosphere right where babies and children live and breathe. Babies and children are the ones who spend more time at home and therefore the microclimate has a great importance for their well-being. The underlying list shows the factors that make the interior microclimate unsuitable for the health of younger children and the list on the side shows some advice to improve your environment.
- Tobacco smokes
- Dry air
- Use of interior cleaning products
- Indoor dust
- Lack of negative ions (useful to clear the air)
- Synthetic materials and fabrics used for furnishings
- An ill-matched and disharmonious furnishing
- Poor ventilation
It is very important to allow the indoor formation of negative ions. In order to attain this goal in a natural way we could avail ourselves of plants which by nature absorb carbon dioxide and monoxide and let out oxygen. In this way they rebalance the air, adjust the right humidity degree and metabolize harmful chemical substances which are often abundant indoor.
Nevertheless plants should be placed far from the child’s little cot in a luminous place (keeping in mind that photosynthesis takes place in the presence of sufficient light and plants absorb oxygen in darkness) where they will be looked after with the necessary cares (watering, fertilization, trimming etc.).
Here are some of the most well-known: Aloe, Dracena, Clorophito, Gerbera (Transvaal daisy), Tillandsia Loud and unpleasant noises can be very harmful for younger children since they can cause tensions and if they are too loud they can be really dangerous for their health.
In addition to outdoor noises from traffic, nearby building sites, airplanes that often fly low there are indoor noises from washing-maschines, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, fridges and hydraulic systems. Indoor noises should be reduced to a minimum by placing, for example, a sound-absorbing surface like a carpet under the washing-machine, dishwasher and fridge so that noises won’t be so loud even though this solution won’t obviously eliminate the problem entirely.
If the child’s bedroom is located in a pretty noisy area it is advisable to hang a thick curtain on the window so as to muffle the noises coming from outside and if you want to be more successful in your aim and be sure to reduce noises effectively you can have your walls coated with pannelling made of cork.
By following simple measures it is possible for children to grow up in an harmonious, well-lit, not so much noisy, frequently ventilated environment which is also free of cigarette smoke and of dust so that we can ensure them to live peacefully together with their families in a safe and healthy nest.