Written by Pradeep
As a parent, it’s heart-wrenching to see your little one suffer every night. Countless visits to the hospital and emergency rooms is emotionally draining for the entire family. Ever wonder why your child often experiences issues like wheezing, sneezing, snoring and congestion? Do you feel helpless when you have to medicate your child and spend sleepless nights ensuring they are safe and healthy?
Have you given it a thought that the Air that you breathe can be the culprit behind this?
Development, Industrialization, and Urbanization have increased Air Pollution to never before alarming levels. There are many respiratory problems that affect children, especially those under 5 years of age. Many kids report at least 4 to 8 episodes of respiratory illnesses every year. This also results in school absenteeism and reduced outdoor play hours. The toxic smog that cloaked the Indian capital city of New Delhi this week was bad enough to send its air pollution levels off the charts. It prompted the officials and the government to declare this as a medical emergency and public health crisis.
The air in your home is same as the air outside in the city. When we breathe, besides the vital oxygen, we also inhale micro-dust, smoke, bacteria, virus, allergens, and many other harmful contaminants. And this not just leads to simple breathing issues but can impact your lung health in long-term. More importantly, it can significantly impact your child’s developing lungs. A child’s airways are extremely small and if something as small as a drop of mucus goes in, it will produce significant obstruction resulting in chest congestion and wheezing issues
How bad is the air you breathe?
The air you breathe indoors is same as the air you breathe outdoors. When we inhale, along with vital oxygen, we also breathe in many harmful pollutants that can affect the capacity and growth of lungs, especially in children.
A recent survey conducted by Breathe Blue survey reveals about 35 per cent of school-going children fared badly in the Lung Health Screening Test (LHST). This is alarming and indicates poor air quality across India. The Lung Health Screening Test is a method to determine how much air the lungs can hold, how quickly one can move air in and out of his/her lungs, and how well the lungs take in oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from the body. The tests can detect lung diseases and measure the severity. Causes of poor lungs condition could be the prolonged exposure to environmental pollutants and the quality of air their tiny lungs take in.
Why is Children’s Lung Vulnerable?
How can we deal with the Toxic air?
While a lot of solutions are not in our hands, especially those that require government initiative and institutional control, we still see a silver lining in the form of interim measures that can protect the health of our little ones from air pollution. As a parent or a school facilitator, we can take these measures to improve the air quality inside the homes and classrooms. Some of these are:
PUREIT AIR PURIFIERS – INDIA’S FINEST AIR PURIFIER RANGE:
Pureit Air Purifier combines world-class air purification technologies to help your children breathe pure air. Advance HEPA Technology ensures Pure Air by refreshing all the air in the room once every 13 minutes2 and the powerful HEPA removes 99% of 6 widest range of harmful pollutants in just 1 hour:
Measures your air quality once every 2 secs. to display the Quality of Air in your room.
Designed to fight the WHO Blacklisted Contaminants.
Pure Refresh – Well designed Air Vents to refresh all the air in your room every 13 minutes2. Only Pureit shows you how many times the air in your room has been cleaned by your air purifier.
A unique promise of purity to give your family Pure Air to breathe. Alerts you 15 days before Filter Expiry and stopping the device once the filter life expires.
Designed to remove several unique Indian in-home odours and harmful organic compounds (VoCs) to keep your air fresh and energising.
Sensing the room’s air quality, it automatically increases or decreases speed of purification to deliver pure air in the shortest time possible.
Optimized for lowest power consumption – Consumes only as much power as a ceiling fan.
Designed to deliver Pure Air fast, making no more noise than a gentle quiet conversation.
For high purification capacity, tower type design helps occupy minimal space in your room.
If you have kids or pets in the house, the Child Lock feature may be exactly what you need. It helps in keeping all the settings in place by locking all the keys of the interface. Press the button for 3 seconds to activate it. Press it again for 3 seconds to deactivate.
Helps you take charge of Air Purity in your room with its 5×3 choice of Speed and Timer modes.