Air Pollution Exposure During Pregnancy Rises Asthma Risk In Babies

Posted: Feb 11 2016, 9:44am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Air Pollution Exposure During Pregnancy Rises Asthma Risk in Babies
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  • Polluted Air may cause Asthma in Babies of Pregnant Women

It has been found that polluted air may cause a risk of asthma in babies born to women who are pregnant.

Mothers-to-be who inhale polluted air may be more likely to have babies that are asthmatic. And this disease will manifest itself in these babies before the age of six. The research is in on this issue.

It points to the deleterious effects of pollution on the health of babies who are in the womb. The exhaust fumes from cars and other vehicles in traffic caused breathing problems in children as young as six years old.

Even in regions such as Vancouver where air pollution levels were not so high, this was an ever-present riddle. About 65,000 kids were included in the survey.

It was the most comprehensive study that had been carried out so far. The mother’s exposure to pollution indirectly affected the baby’s health in her womb.

Such pollutants as black carbon, particles that were very fine, nitrogen dioxide and nitric oxide were the main culprits in the equation. Children whose mothers resided close to highways were 25% more likely to contract asthma and other lung diseases.

Nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide both had a deep impact on the health of the children. And the earlier the exposure, the more serious the consequences later on.

The other factors that counted included: low birth weight, pregnancy span, whether the baby was suckled after birth at the mother’s breast and finally societal and economic determinants.

The low birth weight infants were more likely to fall prey to the horrid effects of the pollutants. Their asthmatic symptoms were worse than the rest.

The precautionary measures that have been advised include the setting up of HEPA filters in homes and the avoidance of polluted traffic conditions. While one cannot avoid every source of trouble, the maximum care that can be taken must be exercised by mothers-to-be.

Even in a lush green continent such as Europe, there is the rampant problem of air pollution. And European mothers-to-be will have to protect their infants which are still in their wombs by taking extra care as regards air pollution.

As industrial civilization reaches its late stage, the levels of pollutants in the air are most likely to multiply beyond the average rate. At times like these every little precaution counts in one’s way to a healthy life for oneself and one’s children.

The findings of this study titled “Perinatal air pollution exposure and development of asthma from birth to age 10 years” got published in the European Respiratory Journal.

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