A visit to the family sauna will help to strengthen the health of not only adults, but also children. It is also a great way to spend time together, relax and gain strength.
Going to the steam room improves the physical condition of the child, namely:
- strengthens the immune system;
- contributes to the development of thermoregulation;
- trains the cardiovascular system;
- helps calm the nervous system;
- useful for children with muscular dystonia and hypertonicity;
- recommended for diseases of the musculoskeletal system;
- helps to cope with insomnia.
As for adults, there are some contraindications for children visiting the bath:
- elevated temperature;
- acute infections;
- convulsive seizures, epilepsy;
- heart disease.
If you decide to go to the bathhouse with your child, you must not forget that in order to adapt to the steam process, special conditions must be observed. To begin with, it is necessary to determine at what age the child is ready for soaring procedures. The opinions of experts regarding this issue differ.
Some believe that you can begin to accustom children to the steam room even in infancy, while others argue that the minimum age for visiting a steam room is 2.5 - 3 years.
Fans of the first approach recommend taking a session with great responsibility. Systematic preparation should precede him:
- air baths - when changing the baby leave him without clothes a little longer than usual, so that the body learns to adapt;
- swimming in water with different temperatures - the difference should be minimal (water is warm and less warm).
Only with a positive reaction during preparation, you can plan a trip to the sauna with parents. It is believed that if the mother visited the steam room before and during pregnancy, the baby is ready for the first procedure as early as three months, if not, at the seventh or eighth month. The duration of the baby’s stay in the steam room should not exceed one minute. It is better to use a chilled sauna, in which the air temperature reaches no more than 30 - 40 ° C. During a stay in the steam room, it is advised to hold the baby in her arms, constantly monitor his condition. Strong redness of the skin and swelling of the fontanel should not be allowed. After the procedure, it is necessary to rinse the baby in warm water. You can feed only after two hours.
In the event that you decide not to take risks and visit the steam room with the whole family, including a child from three years old, it is necessary to take into account both the physical and psychological readiness of the child for a new event for him. A trip to the sauna with children should be accompanied by a positive psychological attitude of parents, which will be transmitted to the baby. For a more cheerful mood, you can compose a fairy tale about a hot country and an oasis. Stay at this age should not exceed three to five minutes, and air temperature - approximately 60 ° C. Of course, it is better to fit on the lower shelf. Between the bathhouse and the sauna for the first visit by children of any age, it is better to choose a sauna, it is easier to tolerate the heat here. Also, contrasting for the child after the session will be warm water.
Do not forget about the general rules for visiting the steam room, which must be followed by children.
- taking a shower before entering the room;
- availability of special accessories (bathrobe, towel, rubber slippers);
- to avoid overheating, it is better not to wet your head and put on a bath cap.
In general, a bathhouse for children is safe and useful. Kids who visit the steam room with their parents are less likely to get sick; have stronger immunity. If you still doubt whether your baby is ready to visit the steam room, consult a pediatrician. It is necessary to prepare responsibly for the first acquaintance of the child with the bath, and then only positive impressions await you.