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Pollution is among the major reasons behind serious illnesses, and Delhi’s air quality is getting worse each passing day. In different parts of North India, the intense air pollution has not just affected the elderly but also younger kids. The Air Quality Index (AQI) has downgraded so bad that recently it was recorded to be above 400.
Some causes of Air pollution in Delhi are Diwali, and Post Diwali fire crackers, burning of crops in the neighbouring states, etc. While another important point to consider is that out of the 20 worst cities for air quality in the whole world, half are in India alone!
How Does Air Pollution Affect Health Of Kids?
The growing pollution can affect the overall health of every age-group. Pollution shows symptoms immediately and the most common ones are coughing, wheezing, sneezing, being out of breath, chest constriction, and an increase of allergies and asthma.
While in the case of people having respiratory or cardiac conditions, these symptoms can get life threatening.
Talking about childrens, they are more susceptible to these problems, as they tend to breathe at a higher rate than grownups. Moreover, their smaller body weight makes them more vulnerable to the increasing pollution levels.
No doubt that the pollutants affect the kid’s lungs, but when looked at a broader picture, it can even cause lasting damage to their brains. And children suffering from any existing heart, lung or asthmatic conditions are at greater risk.
Expecting quick changes in the municipal policies won’t be as effective as doing some steps for our betterment. In the meantime time when the pollution just keeps on getting worse; the health of our kids is obviously at stake. Hence, here are some tips to protect kids from air pollution you must look after!
Stay Indoors As Much As You Can
Staying indoors is among the most obvious solutions to avoid air pollution, especially during peak smog hours. Always try to limit your kids exposure to different activities, like visiting school or any emergency visits.
Buy The Right Air Mask
There are lots of masks available in the market, but not all of them are effective to avoid air pollution. The right air masks can help you fight air pollution, up to a certain extent.
For kids, use air masks made of comfortable fabrics like cotton that are ergonomically designed to cover the nose and lower face. Through this you can keep out dust, pollutants, bacteria and even some viruses away from your little one!
Keep your younger ones hydrated
Try keeping your little ones hydrated with good fluid like fruit juice, and fruits itself. Intaking liquid is recommended for everyone in the family, especially kids in such weather conditions. Through this, the body gets detoxed and all the harmful chemicals get flushed out.
Place air purifying plants, beeswax candles, bamboo charcoals at the right corner of house
One of the natural ways to keep your home air clean is by having indoor plants that can purify air. You can try keeping small areca palm, aloe vera, azalea, or Tulsi as they all help to keep the air fresh inside the home.
You can also use beeswax candles as an alternative for purifying plants as they ionize the neutralize the intoxicants. Bamboo charcoals are also the best natural air purifiers because they have high absorption quality to remove toxins from the air.
Use Air Purifiers
The most ideal way to protect kids from air pollution is to use Air purifiers at home. If any of the family members are prone to asthma or allergies, then you must have it. Air purifiers help to purify air by removing harmful allergens along with tiny particles, to breathe and sleep better. If you want to take your kid outside for an emergency outing, you can have one in your car!
Apart from the above mentioned five tips, you should also avoid your kid to do any strenuous activity. Whenever kids play for a long time, or race alot, they get out of breath, and might end up breathing at a faster rate. Hence, the chances of inhaling pollutants increases. For this cause, you can also restrict sports and heavy activities for some days until the air gets cleaner.
Other than all these, eating the right food also plays a vital role in keeping kids safe from pollution. You must ensure that the food you are providing to your kid improves the immune system and makes them well nourished.
Fruits and vegetables having high contents of Vitamin C and Omega fatty acids is highly suggested! You can also make use of ginger and garlic in your everyday meal along with curd. The best home remedy to flush out intoxicants is jaggery itself.
Conclusively, practicing to protect kids from air pollution is a continuous process. You can make use of these tips when the smog gets too difficult to handle. Have patience, and stay well aware of the surroundings!