DELHI SMOG AND HOW TO SHIELD YOUR TODDLER AGAINST IT ?November 8, 2018
World Health Organization conducted a survey and as per the surveys, Delhi has been concluded as the most populated city of the world. The levels of pollution in Delhi is same as Beijing, however in Beijing it was declared as an emergency situation but here in India we let it go. However waking up to the realities we need to realize that smog and the pollution is causing ill effects on our kids.
WHAT IS SMOG?
Smog is a type of air pollutant that covers up the whole city. It is formed as the smoke and fog blend. There are tiny particles in the air. It can be described as the situation where a hazy aura is created when the sunlight reacts with nitrogen oxide and volatile organic compounds that are usually found in the emissions from automobiles, factories and power plants. Smog causes reduction in visibility and causes an unattractive haze on the horizon that has several side effects on the health. Toddlers due to their weak immunity and delicate body are mostly and very seriously affected by smog.
HOW DOES SMOG AFFECT THEIR GROWTH?
kids are the ones who are affected the most. Even adults and senior citizens are affected but with kids the situation worsens. A friend’s daughter could not sleep for continuous six nights due to her endless coughing. On reporting the same to the kindergarten teacher she was shocked to know as this was the common scenario and out of every 3 child one child faces this issue. The alarming fact was that none of the kids would have lungs grown to full capacity. It will break you heart to see the increase in number of kids who are affected from asthmatic and respiratory issues. These are direct issues that can be pin pointed and blamed on smog. The indirect effects are all more saddening, skin problems, allergy break outs, poor growth and importantly they cannot go out and play in the open and bloom like the real flowers. This is a very sad situation that demands our immediate attention.
STEPS THAT WE CAN TAKE AT INDIVIDUAL LEVEL TO COMBAT POLLUTION:
What government will do or any mass movement to bring the changes in the levels of pollution, rather we can make small changes in our daily life to shields the health of our family. To clean the indoor air we can plant some indoor plants or get an air purifier that is easily available in the market.
HOW TO CREATE A SHIELD TO PROTECT YOUR KIDS?
If we make effort to make our kids healthy we can fight pollution. As per doctors when the body is exposed to polluted air there is increase in the formation of free radicals that reduce and degrade the normal healthy tissues. To product our kids we should help them consume foods that are rich in antioxidants. More of fruits and vegetables that are rich in Vitamin A and C should be incorporated in their diet. Giving them the golden shot that is turmeric milk could be of immense help to reduce the free radicals in their body.
Children should stay inside to avoid the smog, but when the Sun is bright they need to be there to have fun and enjoy the goodness of Mother Nature.