A child needs not just a lot of love and care, but also a clean, safe, and healthy environment for their growth and development. Children spend most of their time in their nurseries or their rooms. A lot of care needs to be taken to ensure that the room that they spend most times is clean and safe.
Children More Vulnerable
Small children are very susceptible to external exposure, much more than adults. They are vulnerable as their bodies and internal systems are still in the developing stages. They tend to eat, drink, and breathe more in proportion to their body size. The skin of the child is more permeable to toxins. Small children’s action throughout the day exposes them to a lot of organisms and chemicals. They put all kinds of objects into their mouth. These can be harmful to their health. While creating a nursery ensure it faces away from the street.
While modelling a nursery, it is important to keep in mind various factors. It has to be dust free and pollution free so that it becomes a safe and healthy environment for the child. A window is very important for ventilation and reducing the chemical exposure from paints in the room. The quality of the air is much better for the child to breathe in.
An open window also helps to bring in the sunlight. The sunlight streaming into the nursery room can stop many dangerous things like molds and other organism from growing. The sunlight helps to keep the room fresh.
No carpeting in the room, it is very important to see that nursery does not have a carpet. A carpet gives a comfortable underfoot and gives a safe place for the small child to fall and not hurt himself. However, carpets are a haven for dust and mites. The hard floor is easier to keep clean than a carpet. You can also use area rugs that are easier to clean regularly.
The nursery needs to be dusted daily. If there are many furniture and other objects in the room they tend to be layered with dust quite easily. Fan blades, blinds, drapes, windows, toys all collect dust. Use light cotton curtains that can be washed regularly. Even the child’s bed, quilt, cushions, duvets, soft toys all collect dust easily. They need to be dusted and cleaned frequently. Even the window sill, cupboard tops, and pelmet tops need to be cleaned with a damp cloth regularly to remove dust. You can also use hypoallergenic bedding as it naturally repels dust mites, airborne particles, moisture, and odours. This provides a healthier sleep environment for the child in the nursery.
No Shoes In Nursery
Wearing shoes and entering the nursery can be a source of bringing in dust, dirt and other unwanted pollution into the room. The shoes travel a wide range of surfaces outdoors and can bring in dangerous organism and infection to the child’s room.
It is important that the floor is cleaned every day with disinfect floor cleaner and vacuumed regularly to remove all the dust particles. An air filter in the room can also control contaminated dust.
It is important to prevent mold in the nursery. Any kind of dampness in the room can give rise to mold. If you see or smell mold it is important to remove it quickly.
Do not allow pets into the nursery and sleep with the child. The fur, skin, hair etc.of your pet can cause all kinds allergies to the child. It also brings in a lot of dust and other particles from outside that can be dangerous for the child.
Service Air Conditioners
If you use an air conditioner, heater in the room make sure it is serviced regularly. These electronic equipments collect dust quite easily.
HEPA Filter For Vacuum Cleaner
Use a vacuum with a HEPA-rated filter. These filters stop the vacuum from sending out the same dust back into the air.
A dust free nursery can keep your child free from all kinds of allergy and health problem that can come calling with the dust that accumulates in the room. Asthma, colds, running nose, bronchitis are some of the common problems faced due to dust.