The doctor: Air pollution is linked to children’s allergies and asthma

About 3.5 million people worldwide die every year because of air pollution. The most affected one is often overlooked – children. According to the United Nations, “air pollution ranks first among environmental factors that have a major impact on children’s health.”

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According to the UNICEF report, about 300 million children worldwide are exposed to heavily polluted air, and about 600,000 young children under the age of five die each year from severe air pollution. That is to say, even if the child is not directly affected by air pollution, the pollutants in the air will cause lifelong damage to the child’s body.

It turns out that children in areas with severe air pollution have weaker heart and lungs, not only poor performance in physical fitness, but also susceptible to respiratory diseases or cough, phlegm, and asthma. Even without these symptoms, their lungs are more sensitive, and they are more susceptible to asthma caused by allergens. “Air pollution” not only harms young children who are growing up, but also has a great impact on unborn fetuses.

Su Yifeng, a doctor in Taipei Veterans General Hospital, said, “Air pollution has caused a lot of damage to the body, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, allergies, respiratory diseases, and myocardium.”

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(Editor:Abby Wu / Reference 聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF))

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