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Is it true that babies cannot have fan blowing at him or air con? My baby is very afraid of heat. If I dont switch on fan to rotate blowing sometimes at him or aircon, he'll wake up in sweat. But the older generation in my home say baby cannot have fan blowing directly at him especially since now my baby is recovering from cold. They insisted on the fan blowing against the wall n indirectly blowing at him which I think is useless. He still has whole body hot n sweaty when he wakes up. When we move back home, I intend to switch on air con for him when he sleeps but they are also against it.
Is there any basis to the belief that babies cannot have fan blowing at him even when rotating or air con? Then how to keep my baby cool in such hot weather?
I think it's the wind/gas issue...but logically I can't see how they can get windy if they have wind blowing at them. We dont't start farting a lot just by sitting under the aircon! I also used fan and cooler for my baby because it gets really hot down here, summer days can be 40 degrees or more!
I reckon do what you think is best for your baby because mother knows best
When my son was still young, we didnt set the fan directly blowing at him cos were afriad might cause him to inhale the wind. when he is older, we will tend to set the fan blowing directly at him esp during hot weather. as for AC, he slps in AC room every night. Even when he is ill, we still on AC, esp when he was having fever, cos AC helps to bring down his temp. only when the AC is affecting his sleep due to blocked nose or drying his throat which cause him to cough non-stop, then we will off the AC.
if your baby is having blocked nose and AC will worsen his condition, then dont on it, just on the fan and let it rotates. if one fan not enough, on 2 and let them rotate. and also let him wear short sleeves if AC is not on to prevent him sweating too much (which will affect his sleep also).
It's ok for fan to rotate. Blowing the fan at the wall is fairly useless especially in the hot afternoons. Tell your folks generations ago Singapore was not so hot.
you r right that the air will be drier in air con room. I think I'll let him nap in air con room during hot afternoons and switch on fan to rotate during the night. If the night is hot, I'll on the air con to cool down room temperature for awhile.
I also dont understand how wind can get in through fan blowing at ppl, but it's an old belief and nobody really tested it so nobody knows whether it's true. I myself was a child tortured by sweaty nights coz my parents refused to let fan blow at me and we didn't have aircon at that time. My body heat up easily and I guess my baby's got my genes.
Baby usually have higher temp. Plus, they keep lying down, the more they will feel hot and sweaty. that is also the reason why we actually stopped swaddling dear son when he was only a week old. =)
I think for swaddling it depends on individual babies. My boy also hates to be swaddled. He will wriggle his arms out no matter how and if his arms can't get out of the swaddle, he will fuss and cry til I let them out. No choice, I stopped swaddling his arms since he was 2 weeks old. Only swaddle his legs. My mum initially insisted on swaddling him also but she herself saw how 'impossible' it was, so she gave up too lol. I swaddled his legs for another 2 weeks or so til he 'refuses' again. So by the time he's full month, we never swaddle him anymore. Just let him wear buttoned shirt and long pants.
Of cos then he would get frightened easily with his own arms jumping up and then cry whenever there's sudden noise. But no choice... Just pacify him whenever that happens, til he outgrew the reflex. But some babies I know prefers to be swaddled until 5-6 months old.
my girl swaddle for 2 weeks only i let her off, heat rash so bad until her neck was bleeding.. so at night before bed, we on air con for the room to be cool and cold then we put her in and on the fan let it rotate and off the air con, till now she's 13mths old, she sleep air con throughout the night * not daily sometimes midnight i will off it* she doesn't wear long sleeve or cover blanket, just wear long pants and normal shirt to sleep, if cover her with blanket she gets pissed off and kick and cry.. so now just on air con she sleep so soundly, but i will apply moisturizer or baby oil before bed time.. worry skin dry !
Haha seems like many babies here r swaddle hater. I shdnt have bought so many swaddles! My baby will try to kick off any swaddle we use on him too.