How to Counter the Adverse Impact of Pollution on Childs Health

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Mrs Nalini Dhariwal

How to Counter the Adverse Impact of Pollution on Child's Health?

Nalini Dhariwal, Experiential Learning Expert, Youreka


Jun 06, 2015 | 11 : 00 AM to 11 : 45 AM

Given the poor air quality and pollution, is it still wise to send our children outdoors to play as often? When we weigh the pros and cons, of sending children outdoors to play in the polluted air, versus, keeping them indoors, what is the winning situation? Explore answers from experiential learning expert from Youreka against participants parents' questions and get a perspective on this situation.


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Do you recommend any book to fight with air pollution.

Do you recommend any book to fight with air pollution.

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Should I use air purifier in the room to clean the air. Will it really help my kid and family.

Should I use air purifier in the room to clean the air. Will it really help my kid and family.

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Delhi is considered as the dirtiest city in terms of air pollution. I am thinking of buying air purifier. please let me know if it will help. Does it have any side effect. 2015-06-06 11:02:10
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Nalini
Hi Arti, welcome to Live chat. Air purifiers while can clean the air is known to have a very bad effect due to creation of ozone. Ozone at atmospheric level aggravates asthma. The ionic air purifiers are known to do this. So one must be careful. Another way of cleaning air which is natural and better would be to have houseplants like Aloe Vera, Snake plant, spider plant which are all know to remove pollutants from the air 2015-06-06 11:02:33
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You can find a list of 10-15 such plants on the net which are beneficial. 2015-06-06 11:03:24
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My daughter is 2.when she wake up in the morning she have a cough not soo sever doctor give her medi....

My daughter is 2.when she wake up in the morning she have a cough not soo sever doctor give her medicine regarding dis.They told us that she may be have dust allergy. What will i do to prevent my daughter from dust allergy. Is this cause serious problem when she grown up..or it may change into asthma. Dust allergy is also cause by window cooler. Pls Suggest.

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Hi Nikita, I am afraid this question will best be answered by a physician or an allergy expert. Parentune helpdesk shall take these queries to the relevant experts and get back to you.This live chat is focused on providing your child with a balance of outdoor play vis-a-vis the pollution. 2015-06-06 11:04:10
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Hi, Is there any way to improve respiratory immunity?

Hi, Is there any way to improve respiratory immunity?

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Her pead always prescribes nebulization, but i ve heard it isn't good in long term. 2015-06-06 11:05:27
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Hi Shivshankar, as far as I know, swimming is a very good way. The other way is to go close to nature (either the hills during this hot Summer season) or even to parks early in the morning because pollution is lowest at that time and going close to trees can maximise oxygen taken into the lungs. 2015-06-06 11:06:22
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thanks 2015-06-06 11:06:48
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On the nebulisation, best answered by the doctor. My experience with my daughter was that giving her regulkar small doses of inhaler for a couple of years during her sensitive period helped her get over the respiratory problems. Now she is fine. 2015-06-06 11:07:38
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ok 2015-06-06 11:08:09
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Is it helpful to use a de humidifier in the monsoon ?

Is it helpful to use a de humidifier in the monsoon ?

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Hi Kalpana, My take is that the more natural the remedies, the lesser the side effects. De-humidifiers, heaters, air purifiers all have long term side effects. 2015-06-06 11:09:32
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Ok .. What are the natural remedies for monsoon ? To reduce humidity ? 2015-06-06 11:10:15
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My take is that the body adjusts to different climates over time if we allow it to. The clothes we wear can make a huge difference. Wearing pure cotton can help absorb perspiration that otherwise does not evaporate for example 2015-06-06 11:11:45
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Ok thank you Nalini! 2015-06-06 11:12:18
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you are welcome! 2015-06-06 11:12:35
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Should I allow my kids to go out and play with other kids out in the sun. As physical activities are....

Should I allow my kids to go out and play with other kids out in the sun. As physical activities are also necessary, I'm more concerned about his health.

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Hi Kritika, Of course the answer will always be yes! However we can take a few precautions. The sun radiation is at its worst between 10am & 4pm. Indoor games are best during that time. Morning air as I had said earlier is so beneficial to everyone. During the holidays, it would be great (though tough I know :)) if kids & us could get up early and go out to play. Evening time in a park away from busy roads is also a good idea. 2015-06-06 11:14:57
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Tnx Nalini.. :) 2015-06-06 11:15:28
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Night usually is fine from a sun perspective, but we don't get oxygen from the trees. 2015-06-06 11:15:51
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Hi Nalini, my 3 year old daughter is really fond of playing in the park. On an avg, outside the scho....

Hi Nalini, my 3 year old daughter is really fond of playing in the park. On an avg, outside the school time, she spends around 2 hours in the park daily--6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. I am now getting worried coz of the pollution, is it safe? how should i balance it, without affecting her health. tnx

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Hi Rachna, I am so happy that your daughter goes out regularly to play. The benefits would far outweigh the hazards. I am not sure if you read my earlier answer to Kritika. Please do view that. 2015-06-06 11:17:44
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I believe, taking kids to parks which have big trees, asking them to play near them, taking holidays in nature (not the mall roads of the hills but the forests), having a morning routine, all can help. On very high pollution days, one can avoid going out. 2015-06-06 11:19:15
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What are the other ways to get rid of air pollution. Specially in metro cities in India.

What are the other ways to get rid of air pollution. Specially in metro cities in India.

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If you are in a metro city, pollution is something we live with. Houseplants, keeping windows closed if you are near a busy road or construction area can help. Wearing a mask if it gets too bad also helps. Research shows that if you are in an unpolluted environment for even 3-4 days, it can greatly help clear the lungs. The 1st day, you may cough more than usual because of the lungs getting rid of impurities but post that there will be a marked difference. So taking off on longs weekends to less polluted regions is a good idea too. 2015-06-06 11:22:57
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thanks 2015-06-06 11:23:29
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I am afraid air quality improvement is a larger problem. We have to find ways to deal with it in our lives :) 2015-06-06 11:23:29
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Hi Nalini,A friend of mine with a child with dust allergy, prefers to keep her child indoors on most....

Hi Nalini,A friend of mine with a child with dust allergy, prefers to keep her child indoors on most dusty summer evening, while i take my son outdoors (unless and until there is a dust storm). Who is right here, me or my friend? We stay in Gurgaon.

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Hi Geetika, you have touched on my favourite topic :) I think the answer really depends on how bad these allergies are as well. However, we need to find ways of getting our children the oxygen they require to be healthy. In Gurgaon, finding areas with trees is also difficult but being close to them also means direct clean oxygen. A little effort in getting that to our children can go a long way. 2015-06-06 11:27:06
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If the allergies are bad, then we must make the best of what we have. In which case, some exposure during the year to natural places which are unpolluted; having lots of greenery at home because research shows that even looking at greenery can reduce stress and make people calmer. The benefits of free play then needs to be got indoors for such kids by calling other kids over and giving them space to play. They should not be on the screen :) 2015-06-06 11:28:58
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My 4 year old starts to cough if she is running out doors in parks etc, so i ve enrolled her in phys....

My 4 year old starts to cough if she is running out doors in parks etc, so i ve enrolled her in physical activity class-skating and taekwon-do swimming etc is it a good way to deal with pollition? or am by not talking her to park am i doing something wrong?

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she gets wheezing very frequently, and i nebulize her almost every 6-8 weeks. 2015-06-06 11:30:58
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Nalini
Classes have their limitations for 2 reasons - one if they are indoors then kids are not getting the benefit of nature - looking at greens, being with sand & soil, etc which I have written here multiple time; the second is that structured play can't give the benefits of free play with other children. There are known & researched emotional, social, physical benefits of free play. Free play also helps to build many life skills. 2015-06-06 11:31:39
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We spoke about the wheezing bit earlier. My doctor had explained to me that regular small doses have much less steroid than large doses that are necessitated if we allow the wheezing to get bad. So to that extent, prevention is better than cure. Still, on this matter, best to follow your paediatrician's advice. Or Parentune can help to put you in touch with the right experts. 2015-06-06 11:33:44
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ok thanks 2015-06-06 11:34:02
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Nalini
:) 2015-06-06 11:34:09
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Hi nalini, my 4 yrs old daughter suffers from blocked nose every morning when she gets up. Is this b....

Hi nalini, my 4 yrs old daughter suffers from blocked nose every morning when she gets up. Is this because of air conditioner? What can i do to help her?

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Nalini
Hi Rupali, This question will best be answered by a physician or an allergy expert. Parentune helpdesk shall take these queries to the relevant experts and get back to you.This live chat is focused on providing your child with a balance of outdoor play vis-a-vis the pollution. 2015-06-06 11:34:47
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Do Houseplants emit Co2 in the night time. Is it completely safe to plant them inside the rooms.

Do Houseplants emit Co2 in the night time. Is it completely safe to plant them inside the rooms.

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They would emit CO2 so usually people say we should not plant them in the bedroom. But having them in the house itself will help clean the air. I found this website on houseplants useful: http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/photos/15-houseplants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality 2015-06-06 11:36:25
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My elder son is 5yrs and younger is 7 mnths old...both of them have coughing regularly during the ni....

My elder son is 5yrs and younger is 7 mnths old...both of them have coughing regularly during the nights.. coz of which they cant sleep properly... doctors gave medicine but said its the climate... how do i prevent this? does goodnight repellent or air conditioner cause coughing???

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Right now, I am wishing I was a doctor and could help you on this. My personal bias is usually to find what the irritants may be through the process of elimination and then simply find ways around that irritant. 2015-06-06 11:38:06
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Medicines over the long run do harm (again my personal bias). Perhaps this houseplant idea could work if there are pollutants in the house. It is surprising how many household products we use also cause air pollution! 2015-06-06 11:40:02
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My daughter is 20 months old and I have already put her in preschool. But her father is concerned th....

My daughter is 20 months old and I have already put her in preschool. But her father is concerned that the early she will be in school, earlier she will be exposed to respiratory problems because commuting within a polluted city like Delhi can be a threat to such young kids. How can I ensure her wellbeing?

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Hi radhika, if I had my way, I would not live in a polluted city like Delhi. However, sometimes we don't have a choice :) 20mths is a little early even from a development standpoint. However, one way is to find a place that is close to the house so the commute is not long; or use the car so she is not exposed to the outside air. More importantly, I think choosing the right preschool with lots of greenery, open spaces and a little away from busy roads can be helpful 2015-06-06 11:43:32
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Is there any minimum age when a child should be kept indoors or what is the right age to involve the....

Is there any minimum age when a child should be kept indoors or what is the right age to involve the child in outdoors play routinely. My sister has a 8 month old infant. should she take the child outdoors. Also, when it comes to outdoor time, how soon can one start.

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