Does Your Child Fall Sick More Often? Here's What You Can Do!
The last organ in a child to fully develop are the lungs. You can make this Children’s Day special by making efforts to provide a better indoor environment to your child and help a healthy growth of lungs.
Mums, while you celebrate your kid’s childhood this Children’s Day, have you pondered upon the many health hazards that they are constantly exposed to? Do you feel that your child falls sick more often as compared to what you did when you were a kid?
Children going through problems like wheezing, sneezing, snoring and congestion, is quite common nowadays. Parents are often seen spending sleepless nights, attending to kids when they suffer from such respiratory issues. Most of the times, we put the blame for these on the rising levels of pollution in the air.
Air pollution is hitting alarming levels like never before, thanks to industrialization and urbanization. As much as we may want to believe that the problem exists only in the outdoors, the fact is, air inside your homes is same as the air outside. So, along with the vital oxygen, we are constantly inhaling micro-dust, smoke, bacteria, virus, allergens and other harmful contaminants. As a result, there’s occurrence of respiratory or breathing troubles and moreover, can impact the lung health in the long term.
Major indoor air pollutants are:
- Cigarette smoke
- Dust, such as, airborne micro-dust
- Particulate matter, that includes PM 2.5 and PM 10
- Air borne bacteria that can be compared to tuberculosis and conjunctivitis infecting bacteria
- Air borne virus that is similar to H1N1 and Influenza
- Allergens, such as, pollen, mold spores, dust mites and pet dander
Obviously, your child is not an exception to getting infected by these commonly found pollutants.
Infact, your child’s developing lungs are more prone to hazards of indoor air pollution. Here’s why:
- In children, lungs are the last organ to fully develop.
- Children regularly engage in physical activity. This demands higher oxygen supply and that is why children breathe rapidly. Such rapid breathing results into inhaling of air pollutants.
- Children have smaller lungs. As a result they breathe often and are at an increased risk of inhaling air pollutants.
- In children, the airways are narrower and defence mechanism is underdeveloped. This also contributes in increasing the risk.
- Children also breathe using the mouth. Even this increases the chances of breathing related infections.
So, this Children’s Day, make sure that you put an effort to do what is in your control. Improve the indoor air at your home.
Mums, improving and maintaining indoor air quality in your homes, is not rocket science. As parents you can start doing simple things on a daily basis to give your child a better environment.
Making small changes in your life can give great results as far as maintaining indoor air quality is concerned. Here’s what you can do:
Maintaining Indoor Air Quality:
Using a state of the art air purifier at home can help in keeping the indoor air fresh.
Pureit Air Purifier uses world class air purification technologies, making it India’s first. Its advanced HEPA technology refreshes the air in the room once every 13 minutes and removes 99 percent of 6 widest range of harmful pollutants within one hour. Pureit Air Purifiers are installed with a dual fan and dual filters that help in giving double purification in lesser time. Here’s why Pureit Air Purifier is must have in Indian households:
- Pureit Air Purifier measures the air quality every 2 seconds and also displays it. It also alerts you 15 days before the expiry of the filter and after the filter life expires, the device stops. Furthermore, it automatically senses the air quality of the room and varies the speed of purification.
- Pureit Air Purifier is designed to remove unique Indian in-home odours. It fights the air pollutants that are blacklisted by World Health Organization and harmful organic compounds such as VoCs.
- It makes almost no noise and uses little electricity, that is, just as much power consumption as a ceiling fan. Apart from that, its tower type design occupies minimal space in the room.
- The child safety lock offered by Pureit Air Purifier, allows to keep all settings intact by locking the interface.
Stop smoking indoors:
Passive smoking can slow down the lung growth. It can affect your child even before it is born.
A pregnant mum getting exposed to cigarette smoke can affect the baby as it increases the risk of premature birth and low birth weight. Furthermore, premature babies or babies having low birth weight are more prone to developing a lung condition.
Upon birth cigarette smoke can lead to asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, ear infections, wheezing and coughing. Apart from that such babies are also at a high risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
At times, a balanced diet may also reduce the risk of developing lung conditions like asthma. In underweight children, muscles used for breathing can be weak as they do not get right amount of nutrients. As a result children may suffer from chest infections. Make sure that your child’s diet includes antioxidants such as Vitamin E and C. Studies show that such diet can help in protecting them from hazards of air pollution.
Mums, with these simple and effective solutions help your child stay away from respiratory disorders. Facilitate in them a healthy growth of lungs and celebrate a healthy Children’s Day this time around.
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