A pediatric pulmonologist referred to the effects of air pollution on children’s health and said: Since children’s lungs are still developing until they reach the age of 18, every factor affecting the occurrence of air pollution can have harmful effects on a child’s lungs. Some allergies and asthma may appear in children who do not have a background in the disease.
Dr. Seyyed Ahmad Tabatabaei in an interview with reportersRegarding the recent talk about changing the criteria for closing schools due to air pollution, he said: It seems that not attending schools is the most available means to help reduce air pollution, because we have all seen it, at least in the capital. The amount of traffic decreases when schools are closed
He added: Of course, many people think that the source of these pollution is just moving cars, but these are not the only sources of air pollution, and factories around the city and public transport vehicles that move around the city also play an important role. An important role in causing air pollution, we must think about it. City-wide electrification of buses, improvement of the condition of taxis, regulation of the number of engines traveling in the city, fuel quality checks, etc. play a more important role in reducing air pollution that needs to be considered.
He emphasized: We also do not want children’s education to be affected, but it seems that, according to decision-makers, not attending schools is the first decision they can take when facing conditions of air pollution, because the economic effects are less than a closure or general closure, and it has factories.
This pediatric pulmonologist said about the effects of air pollution on children’s health: Since children’s lungs are still developing until the age of 18, every factor that affects the occurrence of air pollution can have harmful effects on a child’s lungs and health. On the other hand, the emergence of some allergies and the emergence of asthma may occur in children who do not suffer from this disease.
He added: According to studies that were conducted before, we know that children who had to pass highways to go to school were more likely to develop asthma than children who lived in areas with less air pollution. Air pollution can also aggravate heart diseases, eye problems, etc.
Al-Tabatabai continued: Carbon monoxide is a pollutant that increases during air pollution and can cause headaches, irritability, nausea, vomiting, early fatigue, and so on. According to the statistics of the World Health Organization, even air pollution increases infant mortality.
And he stressed that air pollution does not only mean air pollution outside the home, explaining: sometimes indoor appliances can also be a factor in air pollution, for example household gases, home gas heaters, or in some areas that use non-gas fuels such as wood and coal … and … using them all can cause problems in terms of air pollution.
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