Both ambient air pollution and household air pollution (HAP) contribute to respiratory tract infections that resulted in 5,43,000 deaths in children under five years in 2016’.

Severe pollution in Delhi NCR has not only affected adults, but also children and the elderly. On Tuesday morning, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recorded pollution levels in Delhi at 397 which is in the “very poor” category. Data from the Anand Vihar observatory at 8 am showed the PM 2.5 level at 474 while PM 10 was at 428. The quality, however, slightly improved since Monday due to the picking of wind speeds.

According to the World Health Organization, air pollution has ‘a vast and terrible impact on child health and survival’. ‘Globally, 93 per cent of all children live in environments with air pollution levels above the WHO guidelines. More than one in every four deaths of children under five years is directly or indirectly related to environmental risks. Both ambient air pollution and household air pollution (HAP) contribute to respiratory tract infections that resulted in 5,43,000 deaths in children under five years in 2016’.

Best way to protect your child

Remain indoors as much as possible.

Make sure your children wash their hands frequently to avoid infection.

Avoid exercising outdoors.

When indoors, parents can practice regular deep breathing exercises.

If asthmatic, continue taking preventive and controller inhalers.

Get vaccinated for flu.

Consult a doctor if you are suffering from any respiratory distress symptoms

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