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Ceiling Fan (Overview)

In one large study, ceiling fan use was associated with a significantly lower risk of SIDS. The same was true for sleeping with an open window. Improved air flow may be the common denominator.


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Is ceiling fan good for baby?

Is ceiling fan good for baby?

Maybe: There is some evidence that sids is caused by carbon dioxide pooling in the crib. There is also evidence that ceiling fan will help prevent this from happening. Remember, however, that it will also have significant cooling effect on a baby. ...Read more

Ceiling Fan (Overview)

In one large study, ceiling fan use was associated with a significantly lower risk of SIDS. The same was true for sleeping with an open window. Improved air flow may be the common denominator.


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Can leaving a ceiling fan on at night make baby sick?

Can leaving a ceiling fan on at night make baby sick?

Not by itself: The question is why? If the baby is not covered properly it could be chilling. It may be O.K. If the room is too hot because of geographic locality. ...Read more

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Could circulated air from a ceiling fan have any detrimental effect upon one's health?

Don't believe so: Unless your air in the home is already filled with toxins, there should not be any ill effects of breathing in circulating air from a ceiling fan. I do believe that the blades of the fan tend to accumulate dust, so there may be a need to continually dust off the fan blades. Your respiratory system has a built in mechanism to filter out microscopic dust and pollutants but can also get overloaded. ...Read more

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Does the circulated air from a dusty ceiling fan have any detrimental effect upon one's health?

Does the circulated air from a dusty ceiling fan have any detrimental effect upon one's health?

Dust & Health: Ceiling fans help circulate air... And dust. Keep your fan clean to improve indoor air quality. Dust particles can affect people with allergies, asthma, emphysema and other lung/airway diseases or heart conditions by making breathing tougher. Get a long-handled retractable brush with a soft bendable brush head to reach fan blades easily. Use a sturdy stepstool or ladder if you need to get higher. ...Read more

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Why can the ceiling fan make me tired?

Ceiling Fans: Hi Halmul. Although a ceiling fan can be an invaluable appliance in your home, this type of fatigue has been reported to me on occasion. The problem is that it can literally dry you out, especially if the fan above you has been on for a long time (e.g., bed or couch). The speed of fan is something to factor in as well. So mouth breathers be even more aware. Keep water around as much as possible. ...Read more

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Would a ceiling fan be too much air for infant?

Would a ceiling fan be too much air for infant?

Infant Rooms: A ceiling fan is fine to use near an infant. In fact, the use of a ceiling fan actually decreases the chances of sids (probably by preventing babies from rebreathing exhaled air). ...Read more

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Is it healthy to have ceiling fan in the bedroom?

Unrelated to health: A ceiling fan in the bedroom can circulate air and provide some cooling on hot or moist days. You can feel much better and that might contribute to health some consider its cooling effect healthier than an air conditioner. ...Read more

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Can sleeping with ceiling fan hurt you?

Can sleeping with ceiling fan hurt you?

No: As long as it's on low, the air circulation and white noise helps some people sleep better. It should not dry out the sinuses. But if you sleep with your mouth open, it can dry out the mouth a little faster. By the time air reaches your sinuses, it's been moisturized from the mouth and nose. ...Read more

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I have bump on the side of my head where the ceiling fan hit me in the head. What do I do?

Visit your doctor: Visit your doctor to make sure you don't have any other injury. As for the bump, if it happen recently it should go down in several days. ...Read more

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Will having my ceiling fan on at the same time as my humidifier defeat the purpose of the humidifier?

Don't believe so: I always try to stay as natural as possible. So when I look at nature, I see humidity and airflow coexisting independently. I currently live in florida where it is very humid in the summer. At the same time, we have good breezes coming off the ocean and still it remains humid. Not too scientific but I hope that helps. ...Read more

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Is it bad to use a ceiling fan in room with a 5 week old? Can it cause colic or anything else harmful to baby?

Perfectly fine!: Gentle air currents provided by a ceiling fan are in no way harmful to a newborn. It actually is likely to be helpful in stabilizing room temperature. ...Read more

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Can I keep my ceiling fan on low with my 2 wk old in the room? Will it harm her in any way? I bundle her up really well & sometimes the room gets hot.

Yes you may use fan: It will not harm her. Her body temperature is like yours. So if you need the fan, so does she. ...Read more

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Can ceiling fan make allergies worse if not dusted?

Yes: Environmental control is a priority to those allergic to house dust elements (mites, mold, roach). Room surfaces should be vacuumed to avoid dust accumulation. Allergy symptoms would occur with higher chance if there is dust that can become airborne and in contact with the allergic individual. ...Read more

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Health problems related while sleeping under ceiling fan?

Health problems related while sleeping under ceiling fan?

Sleep and Fan: Ceiling fan is not suitable for everyone, some people feel stuffy, have breathing problems etc, the exact cause is unknown may be distribution of more dust particles in the room. ...Read more

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Healthy to have ceiling fan in bedroom if too high for me to dust?

Healthy to have ceiling fan in bedroom if too high for me to dust?

Get a long brush: Ceiling fans help circulate air... And dust. Get a long-handled retractable brush with a soft bendable brush head to reach fan blades easily. Use a sturdy stepstool or ladder if you need to get higher. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to get pneumonia if I leave the ceiling fan on every night when I sleep?

Same as without: It is always possible for you to get pneumonia if you are exposed to the germs that cause it. However, a ceiling fan would neither increase or decrease your risk. ...Read more

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Is sleeping with a ceiling fan bad for your sinuses?

Is sleeping with a ceiling fan bad for your sinuses?

No: As long as it's on low, the air circulation and white noise helps some people sleep better. It should not dry out the sinuses. But if you sleep with your mouth open, it can dry out the mouth a little faster. By the time air reaches your sinuses, it's been moisturized from the mouth and nose. ...Read more

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Will sleeping under a ceiling fan promote allergies?

Will sleeping under a ceiling fan promote allergies?

Ceiling fan &allergy: I'm not sure I understand your question completely but high volume air circulation can exacerbate your nasal and asthma symptoms by drying out your upper airway mucus membrane, thus it becomes easily irritated. ...Read more

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Can you get body aches/stiffness by sleeping under a ceiling fan?

Can you get body aches/stiffness by sleeping under a ceiling fan?

Unlikely: It is unlikely that the fan itself will cause problems. However, if it is on high and you get cold, you could, in theory not sleep as well. ...Read more

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How come my tonsils swells each time, when I sleep overnight below fast ceiling fan?

How come my tonsils swells each time, when I sleep overnight below fast ceiling fan?

Swelling Tonsils: Very likely, sleeping under a ceiling fan is not contributing to your tonsils swelling. If you are mouth breathing or having frequent acid reflux, each of these may contribute, but likely your tonsils are enlarged anyway. Go see an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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I hit my head on a ceiling fan last weekend but im just now feeling very painful headaches for three straight days. Could I have a concusion?

I hit my head on a ceiling fan last weekend but im just now feeling very painful headaches for three straight days. Could I have a concusion?

Concussion: Not likely a concussion. Headaches are usually immediate and worse with bending, stooping and exercise. There are too many questions required to determine the type of headache and a physical examination including the head and neck is important to make the diagnosis. Inwould see the medical doctor and seek a referral to a neurologist who specializes in headaches. ...Read more