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24/6/19

Jess

Hi Red Nose, I was wondering what you think is safe/recommended for air conditioning/heater use for babies overnight? I understand it would probably dry out their skin to use it often through winter but is there any effect on their breathing or their own temperature regulation?

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Posted a response on 8/7/19

Red Nose Australia

Dear Jess,

Thank you for contacting Red Nose with your question “Hi Red Nose, I was wondering what you think is safe/recommended for air conditioning/heater use for babies overnight? I understand it would probably dry out their skin to use it often through winter but is there any effect on their breathing or their own temperature regulation?”

Babies control their temperature predominantly through the face and head. Sleeping baby on the back with the head and face uncovered is the best way to protect baby from overheating.
For healthy and well babies Red Nose recommends that it is not necessary to monitor the room temperature or to leave the heating or cooling on all night, as long as the baby is dressed appropriately for the room temperature.

At Red Nose we recommend that rather than a fixed room temperature parents use their own judgement about the warmth of their home and their babies room.  Ensure that baby is dressed according to the room temperature. In cool climates, dress baby in more layers of clothing rather than adding additional blankets. If using a sleeping bag or if wrapping baby and you feel additional warmth is needed, use a single, lightweight blanket over the top, ensuring baby’s feet are at the end of the mattress and the blanket can only reach as far as baby’s chest and is tucked in firmly so it cannot ride up and cover baby’s head during sleep.

For more information about room temperature please see:
https://rednose.org.au/article/room-temperature
and
https://rednose.org.au/article/protecting-baby-from-overheating-during-sleep

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