Sauna And The Kids
Most of us forget that the sauna is more of fun social activity, not just for laying down and switching off in. SO this means the sauna can a fabulous time for the whole family. In Finland, children are taken into the sauna by their parents from an early age.
Most kids, so long as they are fit and healthy, can have brief sauna sessions. The main thing parents need to remember is that children cant regulate their body temperature. Until puberty, they just cant gage through their sweat if they are too hot or too cold. So if they use the sauna alone under the age of 12, they are very likely to suffer from the effects of being too hot.
Things To Know
- Kids are more likely to touch the coals and hot surfaces when they are exploring a sauna. The good thing about infrared saunas is that they don’t produce ‘hot spots’ and the heating elements are all covered. So kids, or adults can not be burnt in an IR sauna.
- Finland has around 1 sauna for every 4 people in the country. The UK just isn’t like that right now. What the Finnish also do is take babies into the sauna for a few minutes each session. However, children under the age of 8 are never allowed into the sauna alone and here at Stunning Saunas, we do not advocate any child under the age of 12 to be alone in the sauna. Finnish children are able to cope with the heat because they are taught to rotate the session with regular bathing or showering between session. Just remember to get your child to take a quick shower or plug into the pool every 5-10 minutes. This will keep their body temperature under control. Controlled scientific tests have proved that children can have regular 10 minute sauna sessions and this will enhance their health.