By: Lizelle Verrall
Using an air purifier in a child day care centre or crèche can be a great way of preventing and removing airborne germs and pollutants that can cause wide spread health issues, because so many children are in such close proximity to one another from spreading.
Young children who are in day care very often get frequent upper respiratory tract infections, including colds and secondary ear infections. In fact, experts estimate that the average child gets six to eight viral upper respiratory tract infections each year. It seems likely that children who are in day care may be more prone to getting infections since they tend to be exposed to more people and more germs.
Crèche syndrome (as it is sometimes referred to) is an ongoing cycle of colds, sniffles and more serious illnesses (including gastro) when young children are infected at a crèche or day care where they come into contact with other children on a daily basis.
The vicious cycle…
An article in Childmag, ‘Break the Cycle’ quotes Cape Town paediatrician Dr Hanneke Heyns that creche syndome strikes from eight or nine months old when some babies start day care, and is prevalent among toddlers. “These children have constantly runny noses; it’s usually clear, sometimes accompanied by a mild fever and coughing from a postnasal drip,” she says.
She explains that crèche syndrome is about continuous virus load – one after another – that wears down the children’s health. However, even though children need to build antibodies against various germs and infections, Heyns argues that crèche syndrome doesn’t build enough resistance because of the unrelenting cycle of illness. “By the time the virus has infected the first child and travelled through another 10 children at crèche, it reinfects the original child because its form has changed,” she says, adding that antibiotics prescribed too frequently and without justification compounds the problem. “Antibiotics are rarely the solution because most children’s infections are viral.”
What can day cares and crèches do?
One way of protecting children and ensuring that the air at least is clean and sanitized is through the use of air purifiers.
Air purifiers are used to remove airborne germs, viruses, allergens and pollutants that can cause diseases and other health issues to children and staff members when they come into contact with one another.
What to look for…
Here are some features of an air purifier that you need to take into consideration when you go and search for the most effective and efficient air purifier you can find out there.
First and foremost you have to consider is the durability. It must be able to withstand time as well as do not inflict any damage to the children while they are running, jumping, playing and the like. It is important that the air purifier has round edges that are enclosed in a steel box so that will assure safety to your children. It is also important to choose an air purifier that is free of lead powder and that can be wiped with damp cloth to be cleaned.
Consider also the variable air flow of your air purifier. It is better to choose an Air Purifier filter that will allow you to control the speed of filtering the air. It allows you to increase the speed when there are a lot of germs or pollutants for example caused by coughing in order to get rid of these pollutants as soon as possible. On normal days you can adjust it to filter the air in an average speed and low speed during the night.
The Airvax Air Purifier
The Airvax Air Purifier is in the forefront of the technology when it comes to air purification and is therefore first of its class.
With its rounded edges and durable, yet stylish, design the Airvax is not stunning and welcome addition to any space of up to 25m², but is an air purifier that creates a healthy living environment and has the potential to improve lives.
In independent tests the internationally patented Airvax Static Electricity Film Filter (SEFF) has proven its ability to remove from the air particles smaller than 0.25 micron (in fact catching particles as small as 0.1micron is possible). As well as dust particles the SEFF can remove smells, moulds, virus, carbon monoxide, tobacco smoke, car exhaust gases, allergens, formaldehyde, toluene, benzene, pollens, germs and bacteria – a list of irritants that is hard for any other air purifier to beat, especially at this price point.
The Airvax is therefore safe to use and is ideal for hospitals, nursery schools, day care centres, homes, office spaces and frail care centres. It is great for those suffering from allergies as it does not release the captured particles back into the room, but rather destroys the bacteria and allergens in the filter.
Also very important to note, is that the Airvax Air Purifier does not create Ozone and saves you money in the long run as power consumption is a mere 5 watts.
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