Published on July 25th, 2017 | by Brooks Hitchcock0
The Effect of Poor Air Quality on Children
A 1992 study conducted by the Children’s Health Study that measured the influence of poor air quality in California found that children are more susceptible to respiratory damage from air pollution because their vital organs are still developing.
The health of the subjects was studied for more than 10 years in correspondence with the pollution levels of where they lived. The illnesses that were examined were all respiratory, including bronchitis and asthma.
The subjects in this study were focused on because there was varying amounts of air pollution where they lived. The pollution pattern looked for particles such as Nitrogen Dioxide and Acid Vapor.
The lung functionality in the children was assessed each spring, and their parents were given an annual questionnaire regarding their children’s respiratory condition. Other factors that had to be considered that could affect the results were if there was smoking in the house, if mold was present, or if the home had pets.
The final conclusion from this study showed that exposure to air pollution affects children throughout their entire life, and if a child is exposed to a vast amount of air pollution, they will experience considerably decreased lung capacity by the time they turn 18. The levels of pollution at the time were due to the increased amount of air pollution at the time.
“Children who participate in physical activities outdoors are more likely to develop asthma. Areas with high levels of particle pollution prove to significantly hinder lung function than children who lived in areas with less pollution,” said a spokesperson for Advanced Air Quality Consultants and Capital City Construction & Remediation a Minnesota mold testing companies.
Even when children moved to areas with less pollution, they still suffered from a lack of respiratory development.