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The battle of crèche syndrome

by | Jul 5, 2017 | AFSA Approved, Prevention, Research

The battle of crèche syndrome

An air purifier will trap and destroy odours, tobacco smoke, allergens, viruses and bacteria, as well as nasty VOCs and provide clean, healthy air for children to breathe.

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 widespread 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 syndrome 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.”

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 airflow of your air purifier. It is better to choose an Air Purifier 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 Solenco CF8608 Air Purifier

The Solenco CF8608 Air Purifier offers extremely high air filtration efficiency by means of a 5-stage purification system. It further boasts a dust sensor to indicate the indoor air quality and by means of an auto function, automatically adjusts the fan speed accordingly.  The enhanced charcoal and HEPA filters have a rubber gasket seal to ensure that no air leaves the air purifier uncleaned.

What the Solenco Comefresh CF8608 Air Purifier can do for you:

  • Stop smoke and odours
  • Remove allergens
  • Eliminate pet dander
  • Capture and destroy up to 99% of Coli, A. Niger and P. Cintrinum
  • Reduces VOCs and toxic fumes

Humidity can lead to poor indoor air quality

An increase in humidity could lead to condensation and increased moisture on the walls, ceiling and surfaces. This can hamper room décor, ruin wooden furniture and leave a musty odour.

Many other factors that affect indoor air quality in the home include the levels of outdoor pollution, cleaning chemicals, smoking, carpets and soft furnishings, poor ventilation and the amount of moisture in the indoor environment, which is considerably increased in hot humid climates, such as near kitchen areas or bathrooms. In some cases this can lead to mould and mildew.

By purchasing and using a Meaco Platinum Range dehumidifier, you are not only investing in a dehumidifier that will combat mould, condensation and damp problems, you are also buying a high end, quality piece of engineering that has been tested against the highest international standards.

Certain moulds thrive in damp and humid conditions and can lead to hay-fever like symptoms and affect guests suffering from asthma. Allergies can be exacerbated by air-conditioning, dust mites or materials in the rooms.

What the Meaco Platinum 12L Low Energy and 20L Low Energy Dehumidifiers can do for you:

  • Regulate and maintain target humidity levels at between 50 to 55% which are unfavourable for mould growth.
  • Save on your electricity bill as this unit is extremely energy efficient (the 20L uses only 255 watts!)
  • An added air purification function turns this dehumidifier into an air purifier by a press of a button.



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