There are many inexpensive cooling products available such as battery-operated cooling mist dispensers, gel packs, head/neck bands containing water absorbing crystals which can be reused many, many times, etc.
Families learn to be alert for the development of new cooling products. As technology improves, so does the availability of useful products.
‘Cool suits’ would more properly be called ‘cool vests’. There are several different types, all of which consist of a product that can be worn on the torso and in some cases, the head as well. Generally, they are vest-like in design. Evaporative cooling vests are typically submersed in water for around 3 – 5 minutes and lightly wrung out or blot dried. They are usually worn outside the clothing and as the water in the vest interacts with specially treated cooling crystals or other cooling agents, the water evaporates and body temperature is effectively reduced.
Ice chilled cooling vests make use of cooling energy packs that are activated inside of a freezer and then placed in pockets inside of the cooling vest.
Because they are very cold to the touch, this type of cooling vest is always worn outside the clothes.
A phase change cooling vest makes use of cooling packs that maintain much higher temperatures. These phase-change packs often contain liquids (typically nontoxic oils and fats) that solidify (like wax) typically between 55 to 65 degrees and usually last between 4 – 6 hours.
A cool flow cooling vest makes use of a water flow system that pumps water through the vest using hoses.
At www.techniche-europe.com, you will find a range of cooling products including hats, towels and vests with zippable sleeves giving you a full jacket. The ED Society have been granted a 10% discount code to all our members, just enter code XB108.
One of our members recently pointed out a new brand to the ED society, KYORYO. It is a Japanese home textile designer brand, and they manufacture cool mats, pillows, blankets and a cooling gel mattress. www.kyoryo.com.
CoolSoft (www.coolsoftsleep.co.uk), is an innovative high performance fabric providing an instant cool-to-the-touch, and offers significant other benefits such as regulating body temperature to provide a better sleeping environment. CoolSoft™ recommend their bedding specifically for babies and young children. The cool-to-the-touch bedding will help conduct the heat away from their body and will assist to evaporate the moisture caused by night sweats.
There are a variety of cooling products on the market nowadays, please take a look at our article How to keep cool – which products are best.