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In What Way Does Colour Influence a Child ?

Ever since conception a child has been submerged by colours. A child in its mother’s womb is wrapped in a golden-red light. Born in a colourful setting a child goes on growing surrounded by colours at home. Since an early age (4-5 years) a child realizes the world by colours, in fact when it has to tidy up its toys it will sort them out by colour and not by shape.

Colour has therefore a strong influence on a child’s daily life bringing about spiritual and psychological effects as well as therapeutic and revitalizing influences.
To allow ourselves to be led only by our own taste does not suffice: the results could be poor also because our colour sense has been misled. We have been less in contact with nature, the grey of concrete and the strong shades of synthetic colours have inevitably upset the natural and inner chromatic balance of man.

” If we want that our children do not lose their colour balance we should choose colours carefully and match them harmoniously. ” A room painted in white, even though conveys a sense of cleanliness and order, often tends to inhibit socialization and creativeness due to the total lack of colour. It is important to choose just one colour for the walls: relaxing and comforting colours are recommended but they should not be too cold: the most suitable ones are pale purple, dark rose, cream- and ivory colours.
These colours match nicely with the primary colours of the sun, the sea and the grass which are so much loved by children. The same room can change shape and size according to colours: as a matter of fact light colours give the impression of a larger room whereas dark colours make the same room look smaller.
Every colour should therefore be chosen and applied following the right criterion.
“It seems that the most relaxing, pleasant and beneficial colour loved by babies is sky-blue. If this colour is corrected with a little red it becomes purple which is the most conducive to sleep.

Colours can also be chosen in different shades, the important thing is that they are always balanced so as to allow the child’s soul to breathe. Children are very sensitive to light. Not only does light allow them to see things better but it also makes them feel safe from the anguish of darkness that make mum, dad and the dearest objects vanish before their eyes. Sunlight in a blue sky together with mother’s milk are the most important stimuli for a healthy growth and development of the child.
As soon as a newborn baby sees the light of day it opens its eyes but since it has been used to the semi-darkness of its mother’s womb it closes them at once. The baby starts to look in all directions only with the passing of days and this is the right time to make it familiar with light.

Newborn babies pass almost all day sleeping but they do not need to sleep in darkness, they can also sleep close to windows on condition that the windows are protected by curtains made of naural fibres. As a matter of fact synthetic fibres can be injurious to health because when heated by UV rays they give off gases causing damage to the sight and skin of children.

Moreover we could place some coloured tissue paper on windows choosing relaxing colours like sky-blue or light green in order to avoid annoyance and dazzling.
Growing up in a environment friendly house means to rely as little as possible on artificial light and therefore it is necessary to let in natural light and reduce the light of lamps to a minimum.

Sunlight is mainly featured by changeability which has a strong influence on the psychic balance of the child. Since artificial light is necessary in a house one needs to make it as pleasant as possible by adjusting the intensity.

A light too intense can cause nervous disorders, anxiety and overexcitement whereas not enough light can cause bad mood, tiredness and depression.
Therefore, growing up and playing in a place furnished with a varied lighting brings relaxation and joy. It would be advisable to use different lighting sources featured by different sorts of lamps. Among the many artificial lighting sources we can find: incandescence and fluorescence. The former does not cause any problem and generates light with warm shades creating a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere in the rooms where children dwell. As far as the latter is concerned you can use it to obtain effects of intensity-colour-shadows since fluorescent sources generate light with cold shades, which is useful to create a better “luminous landscape”. A particular attention should be paid to the room below. If, for example, the sleeping location of a child is above a cellar or garage, which are usually furnished with neon overhead lights, we should not place the little cot in line with the light below since the electromagnetic field would pass through the slab generating electromagnetic pollution.

It is always indispensable to maintenance all electric appliances which are present in the home as well as change all electric light bulbs before they are used up in order to avoid the emission of harmful substances. A luminous source dedicated to the child: if the child does not like to sleep in darkness you could place a small luminous source far from the cot so as to avoid that electromagnetic waves reach the baby during the sleep or, even better, you could install an ecological disjunctor that would eliminate any tension in the electric network.

You could choose a salt crystal lamp which will not only be a psychological aid but it will also bring other advantages. A salt crystal lamp helps improve indoor air quality substantially. You will obtain, for example, a natural rebalancing of the air that will be enriched by negative ions emitted by this natural source of light: this way children will be breathing fresh and vivifying air similar to the one you can breathe in a location of absolute wellbeing. The emitted light is a mix of colours ranging from white to apricot, till orange.

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What should you consider for a child friendly bedroom ?

The place where children sleep influences both their physical and mental health.

A healthy and peaceful environment conveys to children the serenity that makes them feel good during the day.
Their bedroom should be located at the back of the house because usually this location is further away from road noises and ensures them more peacefulness.

Since the child’s body becomes more sensitive and receptive during sleep you should avoid setting up the child’s bedroom above a garage, a laundry and cellars furnished with metal shelves: as a matter of fact these great metal loads could interfere with the natural magnetic field of the child and could cause insomnia.

The first place outside the mother’s womb should be for babies the prolonging of the serenity they have just left and therefore their little bedrooms should be as close as possible to their parents’ one.

It is possible to notice a tendency to withdrawing or even to anguish in a child (expecially an only child) whose bedroom is located far away from their parents’ bedroom.

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Childproofing Your Home - 12 Safety Devices to Protect Your Children
 About 2-1/2 million children are injured or killed by hazards in the home each year. The good news is that many of these incidents can be prevented by using simple child safety devices on the market today. Any safety device you buy should be sturdy enough to prevent injury to your child, yet easy for you to use. It's important to follow installation instructions carefully. In addition, if you have older children in the house, be sure they re-secure safety devices. Remember, too, that no device is completely childproof; determined youngsters have been known to disable them. You can childproof your home for a fraction of what it would cost to have a professional do it. And safety devices are easy to find. You can buy them at hardware stores, baby equipment shops, supermarkets, drug stores, home and linen stores, and through mail order catalogues. Here are some child safety devices that can help prevent many injuries to young children. The red numbers correspond to those on the image following the text.


1 Use Safety Latches and Locks for cabinets and drawers in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas to help prevent poisonings and other injuries. Safety latches and locks on cabinets and drawers can help prevent children from gaining access to medicines and household cleaners, as well as knives and other sharp objects. Look for safety latches and locks that adults can easily install and use, but are sturdy enough to withstand pulls and tugs from children. Safety latches are not a guarantee of protection, but they can make it more difficult for children to reach dangerous substances. Even products with child-resistant packaging should be locked away, out of reach; this packaging is not childproof. Typical cost of a safety latch or lock: less than £2.


2 Use Safety Gates to help prevent falls down stairs and to keep children away from dangerous areas. Safety gates can help keep children away from stairs or rooms that have hazards in them. Look for safety gates that children cannot dislodge easily, but that adults can open and close without difficulty. For the top of stairs, gates that screw to the wall are more secure than "pressure gates." New safety gates that meet safety standards display BSEN 1930:2000. If you have an older safety gate, be sure it doesn't have "V" shapes that are large enough for a child's head and neck to fit into. Typical cost of a safety gate: £13 to £40.


3 Use Door Knob Covers and Door Locks to help prevent children from entering rooms and other areas with possible dangers. Door knob covers and door locks can help keep children away from places with hazards, including swimming pools. Be sure the door knob cover is sturdy enough not to break, but allows a door to be opened quickly by an adult in case of emergency. By restricting access to potentially hazardous rooms in the home, door knob covers could help prevent many kinds of injuries. To prevent access to swimming pools, door locks should be placed high out of reach of young children. Locks should be used in addition to fences and door alarms. Sliding glass doors, with locks that must be re-secured after each use, are often not an effective barrier to pools. Typical cost of a door knob cover: £1 and door lock: £5 and up.


4 Use Anti-Scald Devices for faucets and shower heads and set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to help prevent burns from hot water. Anti-scald devices for regulating water temperature can help prevent burns. Consider using anti-scald devices for faucets and showerheads. A plumber may need to install these. In addition, if you live in your own home, set water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to help prevent burns from hot water. Typical cost of an anti-scald device: £6 to £30.


5 Use Smoke Detectors on every level of your home and near bedrooms to alert you to fires. Smoke detectors are essential safety devices for protection against fire deaths and injuries. Check smoke detectors once a month to make sure they're working. If detectors are battery-operated, change batteries at least once a year or consider using 10-year batteries. Typical cost of a smoke detector: less than £10.


6 Use Window Guards and Safety Netting to help prevent falls from windows, balconies, decks, and landings. Window guards and safety netting for balconies and decks can help prevent serious falls. Check these safety devices frequently to make sure they are secure and properly installed and maintained. There should be no more than four inches between the bars of the window guard. If you have window guards, be sure at least one window in each room can be easily used for escape in a fire. Window screens are not effective for preventing children from falling out of windows. Typical cost of a window guard or safety netting: £8 to £16.


7 Use Corner and Edge Bumpers to help prevent injuries from falls against sharp edges of furniture and fireplaces. Corner and edge bumpers can be used with furniture and fireplace hearths to help prevent injuries from falls or to soften falls against sharp or rough edges. Be sure to look for bumpers that stay securely on furniture or hearth edges. Typical cost of a corner and edge bumper: £1 and up.


8 Use Outlet Covers and Outlet Plates to help prevent electrocution. Outlet covers and outlet plates can help protect children from electrical shock and possible electrocution. Be sure the outlet protectors cannot be easily removed by children and are large enough so that children cannot choke on them. Typical cost of an outlet cover: less than £2.


9 Use a Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector outside bedrooms to help prevent CO poisoning. A carbon monoxide (CO) detector can help prevent CO poisoning. Consumers should install CO detectors near sleeping areas in their homes. Households that should use CO detectors include those with gas or oil heat or with attached garages. Typical cost of a carbon monoxide (CO) detector: £30 to £70.


10 Cut Window Blind Cords; use Safety Tassels and Inner Cord Stops to help prevent children from strangling in blind cord loops. Window blind cord safety tassels on miniblinds and tension devices on vertical blinds and drapery cords can help prevent deaths and injuries from strangulation in the loops of cords. Inner cord stops can help prevent strangulation in the inner cords of window blinds. For older miniblinds, cut the cord loop, remove the buckle, and put safety tassels on each cord. Be sure that older vertical blinds and drapery cords have tension or tie-down devices to hold the cords tight. When buying new miniblinds, verticals, and draperies, ask for safety features to prevent child strangulation.


11 Use Door Stops and Door Holders to help prevent injuries to fingers and hands. Door stops and door holders on doors and door hinges can help prevent small fingers and hands from being pinched or crushed in doors and door hinges. Be sure any safety device for doors is easy to use and is not likely to break into small parts, which could be a choking hazard for young children. Typical cost of a door stop and door holder: less than £4.


12 Use a Cordless Phone to make it easier to continuously watch young children, especially when they're in bathtubs, swimming pools, or other potentially dangerous areas. Cordless phones help you watch your child continuously, without leaving the vicinity to answer a phone call. Cordless phones are especially helpful when children are in or near water, whether it's the bathtub, the swimming pool, or the beach. Typical cost of a cordless phone: £30 and up. 
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