Pollution impact on children - wake up authorities

It’s a fact that children are more active and keeping them indoors is not easy. This lifestyle makes them gasp more air thereby, increasing their risk of falling sick due to inhaling contaminated air. The dangerous tiny particles also have the potential to enter the bloodstream and the lungs to cause acute lower respiratory infections, like pneumonia and influenza. As a result of this exposure, adverse respiratory health problems leading to several acute and chronic diseases can affect the children.

Risk of brain development and sometimes even brain damage is another danger for the young ones inhaling the impurities (especially heavy metal pollutants from fossil fuel combustion) from the air. This can result in slowing down the development of the young brain. These harmful gases can further reduce the growth of white matter, a crucial element that helps the different parts of the body communicate with the brain thus leading to learning difficulties.

Also, for children below one year of age, these pollutants can damage their nervous system and cognitive development. This can further affect their IQ adversely, including verbal and nonverbal IQ.

The presence of Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), a group of organic compounds commonly found in the environment due to the incomplete burning of oil, wood, garbage, or coal cause a major threat to human health and developmental delay in children. The infants at three years of age were more likely to be developmentally delayed and were more prone to psychological and behavioural problems later in childhood. This could be in the way of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, and depression.

Just like the external growth of a child is correspondent to his/her age i.e. the arms, legs, head, and height, everything takes its time; the internal unseen organs too develop with age. For example, lungs and alveoli, the tiny sacs within our lungs to move through the bloodstream take 18 years i.e. till the child becomes an adult to grow completely. Similarly, the immune and metabolic systems of a child also takes time to develop and protect the human body against harmful substances. When exposed to the polluted air, it can alter the immune system and thus, increase the chances of allergies and asthma in them.

Having said that, the effects of pollution is not only adverse for young children, but also for the ones in the womb. This, therefore, makes pregnant women vulnerable to its side-effects as well. These to-be-born children, when exposed to unclean air through their mothers, can result in adverse outcomes like premature birth and low birth weight, stillbirths, and even autism more  

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May be it's not too much too ask for but everyone is aware what are the problems... Could you please come-up with the solution... Would you be kind enough to volunteer yourself to support a group to plants trees across Delhi? more  
It is a pity that our politicians are busy campaining for the state
elections and care two hoots for the very dangerous polution.
Shri Kejriwal everyday tom toms his achievements in Delhi, but has totally
neglected bus transport in Delhi. His govt has not added even a single bus
in four savyears! God may perhaps save us and give some good sense to our
politicians!

On Sun, 18 Nov 2018, 06:28 Shivani Batra, <support@localcirclesmail.com>
wrote:

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The impact is not only on children, dear! more  
We should also own the problem & take necessary remedial actions within our means ourselves instead of crying & blaming Govt. more  
Why should you send your representative parleament.
Why should you pay 60 % of your income in the form of TAX (32%, GST(28%), etc
Why should the ministry and govt officers are appointed by tax payer money.

It a collective effort of the govt and citizen. Both are responsible. more  
I do not know whether this article by Shivani is a copy paste or not, but definitely it is informative. Thanks to Shivani for sharing this useful write up. Actually, I feel that if some article has appeared in any newspaper or magazine, it does not mean that everybody has read it. In my opinion, it is a good practice to spread the good and right awareness information, so that people can take care accordingly.
I think the need of the hour is to spread and share some information on the topics like why and how the pollution is created, what are the reasons and originating points of pollution and what are the methods to curb this pollution, which is harmful to living and non livings (if I remember correctly, a few years ago there was some news about Taj Mahal stone changing colour because of air pollution). A write up on the precautions , preventive measures, which individuls, groups, associations etc. may like to follow and practice willingly, will prove like a positive catalyst for checking the ever rising problem. more  
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