It’s everywhere in the news. New Delhi has been compared to the infamous air pollution in the city of Beijing, China. Air pollution measures are sky-high and the government is trying to figure out a way to deal with this alarming issue. Meanwhile, the people with tiny lungs, the future of our nation, need protection from the hazardous air. Although the air poses a threat to people of all ages, it is especially going to be hard for kids to protect their lungs. Here, are a few considerations to save kids from air pollution.
Kids Need More Protection
Infants and kids are at a greater risk to the respiratory problems, more so because of their not yet fully developed lungs and immune system.
How Air Pollution is Harmful for Kids?
- Increase in asthmatic symptoms, respiratory infections
- Decrease lung function, more allergic tendencies
- Increase probability to get sick more often due to weak immune system
How to Reduce the Risk?
Constant checking levels of air pollution and planning daily activities accordingly
- Make a habit in kids to drink lots of fluids to maintain a healthy body
- Keep a check on your kid’s health – monitor respiratory issues and take all measures to prevent long-term/prolonged breathing problems
Watch Dr Vipul Mishra, a renowned pulmonologist in Delhi from Dharamshila Hospital speak on the Predisposing factors leading to lung infection like lifestyle, rise in pollution, cigarette smoking, etc.
Unfortunately, pollution levels rise in winters – this being the reason why respiratory problems are more common
Symptoms to Watch Out
- More than usual sneezing
- Constant runny nose
- Nasal sinus congestion
- Persistent sore throat, body aches, fever, headache and shortness of breath
If these health conditions persistent, do not hesitate to consult a good pulmonologist.
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