Lowering home heat OK for most children, say pediatric experts

In light of Consumers’ Energy’s request that residents lower their thermostats to at least 65 degrees, the Michigan Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics (MIAAP) expects that some parents may have concerns for the safety of their children.

            “Children above one year of age are safe in homes kept at 65 degrees,” says Dr. Sharon Swindell, MIAAP president.  “To keep them comfortable, we recommend parents add one additional layer to their children’s clothing than they would wear themselves to be comfortable.  Babies, less than one year of age, however, should be kept in a room that is 68-72 degrees, since babies can lose heat more easily and should not be over bundled during sleep.”

            Consumers’ Energy’s request that its customers conserve energy came following a fire at a Macomb County compressor station which provides natural gas to customers. 

            MIAAP is a nonprofit, professional organization of more than 1,000 Michigan pediatricians, dedicated to the optimal physical, mental and social health for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.