Indoor air pollution is one of the top five most urgent environmental risks to public health. In fact, the level of air pollution inside a home can be two to five times higher — and sometimes as much as 100 times higher—than the air outdoors!
[pq]Children’s respiratory system is still developing, that’s why they are more vulnerable to indoor air pollution than adults.[/pq]
Their airways are smaller and more likely to become blocked when irritated. They breathe more rapidly, so when they take in more pollution per pound of body weight.
It is no wonder that respiratory ailments—like asthma –are so common among kids.
How can you tell if your child has asthma? Regular coughing is one of sign of it. Shortness of breath when exercising is also a clue. Children with asthma are especially sensitive to air pollution. So if your child has a constant cold, or keeps on coughing without cold, go see your pediatrician and have the child checked-up right away.
In the meantime, give your home a thorough check-up as well to see if it’s “lung healthy”.
Pollen, mold pores, pet dander, dust mites, smoke and soot are small unseen particles that are commonly in our homes. They are allergens that can aggravate allergies and trigger asthma attacks. Allergic reactions often worsen the symptoms of asthma, colds and other respiratory conditions, both for children and adults.
To keep the indoor air free of harmful micro-organisms that may jeopardize your child’s health, we suggest the following:
- Make sure you buy washable toys and wash them frequently in hot water to kill dust mites.
- Do you know that the average double mattress hosts up to 2 million dust mites? Wash your beddings every week in water that is at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Use allergen-control covers on pillows, mattresses, futons and sofas.
- Use a waterproof mattress pad on your child’s bed—if he/she still wets the bed—to keep moisture away from the mattress.
- Replace blinds with washable curtains. Keep carpets away from your child’s play area or mix them all together.
- Give your pets weekly baths and wash their beddings too. Pet dander (microscopic dry flakes of animal skin that float in the air) is one of the leading allergens.
- No Smoking Please! Children who live with smokers inhale many pollutants in secondhand tobacco smoke.
- Improve your ventilation. Make sure there is a fresh source of outdoor air to dilute indoor air pollutants.
- Air conditioners do help reduce the entry of pollens and other outdoor allergens into the home. They also reduce moisture. However, it is a must to invest in a high-efficiency air filter such as 3M Filtrete to turn the airconditioner into a hardworking sentinel against the harmful allergens and microorganisms floating in the air.
Filtrete, the only high efficiency aircon filter accepted by the American Lung Association , is made of electrostatic fibers that attract and effectively trap harmful microorganisms and keep the, from being circulated back in the indoor air.
Simply attach it to the existing aircon screen filter, and let it do its job. Ordinary aircon filters capture only the larger particles in the air. 3M Filtrete has been proven to capture even the most minute microparticles and all allergens that cause harmful respiratory conditions like asthma.
Before any treatment, the diagnosis of asthma must first be confirmed by a physician. The treatment of asthma is aimed at achieving early and effective relief of acute attack and preventing recurrence.
[pq]The duty of parents is to help identify the irritants/allergens that induce the attack (asthma) and find ways to avoid these.[/pq]