Ayushman Bhava – Protecting your Infant from Air Pollution
Well, I was just flipping through channels when I came across this news. Apparently, air pollution is not just making you sick; it is also decreasing your infant’s age by around 2.5 years. This made me thinking. So pollution can increase the overall infant mortality rate. Also, since we are not talking about a static figure (pollution has been rising steadily over the last several decades), it can increase it even further. Meaning that without intending to, I am harming my own child.
Well, I was just flipping throughchannels when I came across this news. Apparently, air pollution is not justmaking you sick; it is also decreasing your infant’s age by around 2.5 years.This made me thinking. So pollution can increase the overall infant mortalityrate. Also, since we are not talking about a static figure (pollution has beenrising steadily over the last several decades), it can increase it evenfurther. Meaning that without intending to, I am harming my own child.
This is definitely too much to sinkin, and I am still processing the data. According to 2016 WHO report, pollutedair was linked with premature deaths of around 1, 10,000 children. The worstpart is that more than 1, 00,000 of these were kids under five. Globally morethan 6, 00,000 children under five succumb to air pollution every year. Notexactly what we have in mind for our children’s future right?
So mothers out there- Take charge while we still have a chance.
KeepAmbient Air Pollution at Check: Since this is where your infant is going tobe the best part of the day, keeping a check on what your precious one isbreathing should be the first thing you do. Know the pollutants you are upagainst so that you are better equipped to protect your baby against it. Investin a reliable air quality monitor that could help you track particulate matterand toxic pollutants efficiently.
Keepyour House well Ventilated, Vacuumed and Free from Dust and Mold: This isjust so basic, right? But this is some of the most common pollutants thatpollute your indoor space. Your infant’s lungs are just developing; you shouldmake sure it doesn’t have to take the load of toxic pollutants.
Stay away from high-pollution zones rightduring and after pregnancy: While this is a bit challenging as India has 14out of the 20 most polluted cities in the world, you still got to do what yougot to do! You have to protect your kid right from the start to ensure a chanceat a healthier life. Newer research points out that exposure to high levels ofpollution during pregnancy can cause complications in childbirth. We aretalking about things like underdeveloped organs, low birth weight, the risk ofstillbirth or miscarriage. Even after childbirth, the initial five years ofgrowth are crucial for the development of all the vital organs and exposure topollution are doing them no good.
Useorganic and environment-friendly cleaning products: Often, the everyday household chemicalsthat we use for cleaning emit toxic pollutants andgases that are not good for those tiny lungs. Invest in organicand mild laundry and cleaning agents that will not have any impact on the airquality and in turn on your little one’s health.
Helpthem boost their immunity by giving them their vitamins regularly: While wedo this diligently for the first year after childbirth, we tend to slack afterthat. Since we can’t do much about outdoor pollution, boosting their immunityis the only way forward. Make sure they get a regular dosage of all the vitalvitamins and minerals that would help them fight the pollutants effectively.
Your fight against air pollutioncan’t stop just here. You should make some voluntary contribution to societytowards air pollution. Sharing your pollution-related data to concernedresearch organizations that could reduce pollution in your area would help thegovernment and all the related stakeholders in making a more robust and clearanti-pollution plan.
So go ahead, bless your child ahappy and healthy life and make sure you have done everything to make it cometrue.
Ayushmaan Bhav Little ones!