A number of studies say, pregnant mother those who breathe a lot of polluted air outdoors can cause the birth weight of babies to be lower than those who are less exposed to air pollution. This pollution can come from several media such as vehicle exhaust, power plants to dust particles. In addition, another impact that can be caused is the risk that the baby will be more likely to suffer from respiratory problems after he is born into the world.
People who live near busy roads are more likely to experience exposure from air pollution. Living close to jala raya may not be a dream for most families. However, most families, especially in Indonesia, have no other choice due to the high cost of owning or renting a house in a better area. Air pollution has to be accepted and becomes part of their daily life. There are several impacts that can be caused by exposure to air pollution including:
Impact of Air Pollution for Health
Several studies reveal the results of recent studies relating to air pollution. Children under the age of 3 years have a high risk of exposure to air pollution including, they are at risk of suffering from respiratory problems, pneumonia and bronchitis if they are born to mothers who live in areas close to air pollution such as roads or industrial areas.
The closer the pregnant woman’s residence to the air-polluted area, the higher the risk of the baby experiencing health problems. In addition, the researchers also revealed that the impact of air pollution is associated with risks autism in children. Children who live close to pollutant sources are at three times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than children who live far away from pollutant sources.
Tips for Preventing Air Pollution Exposure
Almost every corner in urban areas has polluted levels of pollution, so it will be very difficult to get clean air without exposure to harmful substances. But at least we can prevent it by making all efforts like the following:
1. Keep away from cigarette smoke
Did you know that one cigarette contains approximately 7000 dangerous chemicals. And those who become passive smokers have the risk of developing asthma cough, ear infections and the risk of sudden miscarriage. So it is best to avoid smokers’ places.
2. Use a mask
Using a mask to avoid air pollution is one of the best ways when you are outside the house. Make sure if you always use it when walking or going shopping outdoors.
3. Know the Latest News
The level of pollution in big cities generally changes every time. Knowing the current levels of air pollution you will be able to decide when to limit your time outdoors.