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Can Children Use Saunas?

Sometimes using the sauna as a family can be an enjoyable experience. Plus, it’s time that you can spend together. That being said, the big question that comes up is can children use saunas? The answer to this is ‘yes’, but under strict guidelines. Since children’s bodies can’t regulate heat as efficiently as adults, the following guidelines are important for their safety.


Supervise Your Children

Saunas can be relaxing for the whole family. Since there isn’t a specific age that children are allowed to use the sauna, you’ll just need to keep a close eye on them. Particularly in a traditional sauna, children should limit what they are touching and where they are sitting. 

The heaters in these types of saunas can get very hot, so it’s recommended that children don’t sit too close to them or touch them. To avoid mishaps, children should sit far away from the heater and on a lower bench if that’s an option.


Limit Time in the Sauna

This is recommended for everyone, but especially for children. As we grow up, our bodies learn to regulate heat better, and this is why saunas are so relaxing. For small children though, their bodies haven’t learned how to do this and so an extended period of time in the sauna is not ideal.

For children under 10, 3-5 minutes at a time is recommended. As they get to their teens, children’s bodies can handle up to 15 minutes of sauna time. However, it’s still important to keep an eye on them no matter their age.


Keep Hydrated

Another guideline that is suggested for people of all ages is to stay hydrated. Drink lots of water when using the sauna because you are sure to sweat it all out. Be sure to take a water bottle for you and for each of your children into the sauna when using it. Children are especially susceptible to dehydration and the illnesses that come with it. To avoid this, make sure you always have something to drink nearby.

On top of this, make sure that you are not allowing too much steam in your sauna. Excessive steam can make breathing a little bit more difficult and should be avoided. That’s why so many people today are making the switch to infrared saunas.


Consider an Infrared Sauna

For added safety, many families choose to go with an infrared sauna. With infrared saunas, there is less risk of burns and exhaustion, as these types of saunas operate at a lower temperature. Instead of heating from a single heater, infrared saunas use infrared heat to warm your body from the inside out. This can be a gentler option than traditional saunas for children and for adults who are more sensitive to heat.


If you are ready to get started with a sauna of your own or make the switch to infrared, contact us today. We can help you find the comfort and relaxation that you are looking for while staying within your budget. For more information on what we offer at SpaExpo!, visit our sauna page.


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