Effects of Outdoor and Indoor Air-Pollution on a Child’s Health
Children are highly susceptible to different respiratory ailments due to the amount of pollution taken in by their still small-sized breathing apparatuses. As a result, this particular system could cause a respiratory breakdown, particularly among children of low income families or of those below the poverty line, since they have little to no access to health care medications or medical facilities. .
Asthma is the most prevalent health disorder to affect children. The increasing numbers of child asthma sufferers and related fatalities, not only in America but on a global scale, has reached alarming levels. Asthma is now considered a major health problem and childcare providers should be aware of conditions in the environment which could trigger asthma, as well as the food and allergens to avoid to help prevent the development of asthma in children. Learn more about these factors from these related articles:
In addition, disorders of the respiratory tract could be short-term or long term, hence the administration of proper medications should be given utmost importance.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
This respiratory disease may be developed by children as they are exposed to second-hand smoke in the indoor air.
Air pollution within homes is often produced by family members smoking inside homes or air-conditioned rooms, because there is not enough ventilation for clean air to pass through.
Outdoor pollution and the constant exposure to thick smog coming from factories or constant exposure to polluted air of vehicles and exhaust vents can cause COPD.
Chronic bronchitis could be mistaken for asthma, as the two are closely related inasmuch as air passageways are constricted. However, the difficulty in breathing brought about by chronic bronchitis is aggravated by the thick mucus that clogs airways since respiratory linings get irritated by cigarette smoke, smog, airborne allergens and even bacteria, on a long term basis. This condition could lead to emphysema and tuberculosis.
The image on the right is a satellite image of thick smog that has settled over eastern China’s overhead skies. Reports have it that Chinese children are greatly affected by respiratory diseases caused by the thick smog to which they are regularly exposed.