Children spend more time indoors these days than ever before, and there are many reasons why. Unsafe neighborhoods, unhealthy outdoor air, remote or virtual learning and preference for videos and video games over outdoor activities are a few. You might be surprised to know that your Roanoake, VA, home’s air could be up to five times more polluted than the outdoor air. Read on to learn three ways polluted air affects your child’s health.
1. Worse Asthma Symptoms
Researchers have found that children who have asthma and are exposed to high levels of indoor or outdoor air pollution have worse symptoms. Most kids spend 90% or more of their time indoors, and indoor air pollution could make your child’s symptoms more severe. Asthma attacks may occur more frequently, and flare-ups may last for a longer period of time.
2. Increased Allergies and Autoimmune Disorders
Air pollution increases inflammation throughout the body. One way a child’s body reacts is with new or worse allergies. Kids may develop more seasonal, food and indoor allergies when exposed to particulates and other types of air pollution. The inflammation leads to immune dysfunction. In some cases, the immune system attacks parts of the body, resulting in type 1 diabetes or juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
3. More and Worse Respiratory Illnesses
When a child’s immune system is distracted by all the particulates breathed in from air pollution, they’re more likely to catch the germs that are circulating. For example, kids living in cities with high air pollution levels or in homes with polluted air catch more respiratory viruses and bacteria. Their symptoms are worse and last longer.
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