Protect Your Kids – The Effects of Air Pollution on Children
The state air quality worldwide is a public health crisis. The EPA and its Science Advisory Board (SAB) have consistently ranked indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental risks to public health. It is known that 1 in 5 schools in the US has poor air quality. Nearly 56 million people, approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population, spend their days inside elementary and secondary schools. We cannot accept that 20% of the population inhales dirty air every day.
Air Quality and the Development of Children
Children face special risks from air pollution because their lungs are growing. Additionally, children are so active that they tend to breathe in a great deal of air. A Southern California Children’s Health study looked at long-term effects of air pollution on the development of children. Researchers found that those who grew up in more polluted areas faced an increased risk of having reduced lung growth, which may never recover to their full capacity. The average drop in lung function was similar to the impact of growing up in a home with parents who smoked.
Children are particularly vulnerable to harmful and irritating air contaminants such as microbiological pollutants, allergens, chemicals, and ultrafine particles. Children’s lung development is directly affected by air pollution. Exposure to polluted air during the developing years has been associated to decreased respiratory function later in life. Increasing reports of asthma among school age children have been directly linked to elevated air pollution exposure.
Nearly 1 out of every 13 school age children has asthma, which increases their risk of experiencing negative effects from poor air quality. Asthma is also the leading cause of school absences in children. The negative effects of positive ions are causing children to fall behind in school!
If your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms, they may be a victim of poor air quality and an abundance of positive ions in their schools:
• Shortness of breath
• Sinus congestion
• Irritation of the eye, nose, throat, and skin
Schools and Air Quality
Schools are a breeding ground for disease and pollution. The appliances, cleaning products, and the close contact of children makes it a dangerous place for those with air sensitivities. Many schools are old, and are contaminated with lead, asbestos and radon. Mold caused by leaky roofs and dust from crumbling walls also contributes to poor air quality. But the solution is not building new schools. Newly built schools are built to be secure, which does not allow for proper ventilation. In both old and new schools, a lack of funding has many schools turning off their HVAC systems or failing to properly maintain them.
How to Protect Your Kids
Your child has to go to school, that is non-negotiable. It is possible to make their environment healthier. Prevent your children from breathing in contaminated air with PurifyPal. PurifyPal is a personal air purifier, worn around the neck, like a necklace. PurifyPal will clean the air within 3 feet of your child’s head, while the low profile design won’t distract your child or the other children from their learning.