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Post By: Molly Hover, Upstream Research Marketing Manager

Air pollution has increasingly been on the nation’s mind–and news stations–in the past decade. It is not without significant evidence that scientists and researchers are warning the populus against the effects of long-term exposure to unclean air. While progress is being made, it is important to recognize the risks and possible preventions of air pollution, especially when young children are involved.

According to an article from UCLAEarly childhood is also a critical period for the continued development and maturation of several biological systems such as the brain, lung, and immune system and air toxics can impair lung function and neurodevelopment, or exacerbate existing conditions, such as asthma." In the delicate developmental phase, children are especially vulnerable to air pollution and its negative consequences.

This study shows the amount of toxins children are exposed to are disproportionate to their relatively small size and can come from a host of environmental pollutants inside and outside their homes.

It also offers some actions parents can take:

  • Encourage community leaders to reduce environmental threats

  • Raise awareness and educate your community and children about environmental health issues

  • Reduce your child’s exposure to chemical cleaners, smoke, and other pollutants/toxins

  • Screen for lead poisoning

  • Evaluate where you and your child live, work, and play.

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