21 November 2023

Breathing with Care

With the onset of winter in South Asia, air quality has started to turn toxic across the region. Recently, the air quality index [1] reached 500 in Delhi and Lahore, causing governments to temporarily close schools. Other South Asian cities also consistently rank high in the list of most polluted cities globally. The main culprits include vehicle…, Impacts of air pollution on children, UN0662130 Children are especially vulnerable to air pollution because they breathe faster and more often through their mouths, taking in more pollutants than adults. Studies have shown that air pollution can affect children’s brain development during the critical early years of life and, in some cases, cause stunting. In 2019, 20% of newborn…, Recognising symptoms of exposure to air pollution, UN0400941 Here are some symptoms that can result from exposure to air pollution. Talk to your doctor immediately if your child is showing any of these symptoms: Dry/irritated eyes, headache, fatigue, allergies, or shortness of breath. In infants, look out for signs of exertion while breathing. People with asthma might experience more severe…, Tips to protect your children from air pollution this winter, UN0844539 Living in cities like Delhi, Dhaka, Kathmandu, or Lahore means dealing with toxic air quality regularly. Here are some additional strategies to cope: Monitor air quality: Stay informed about daily air quality levels in your area using reliable apps or government websites. Free apps like Plume or IQAir can be downloaded on to your phone.…