You may not be aware that the concentration of pollutants in air varies with its distance from the floor. Many contaminants are heavier than air, so they concentrate closer to the floor—such as heavy metals and pesticides.
Dust inside homes has been shown to collect pesticide residues.
These heavy toxic residues can also be tracked in on your shoes and on the paws of your pets, where infants and toddlers have direct contact with them for extended periods of time. There is less air mixing near the floor, even with a window open for ventilation, and this is precisely where your infant or toddler spends most of his time.
This means the air your toddler breathes is likely more toxic than yours!
Children are also more susceptible to damage by indoor air pollution due to the physiological differences between them and adults:
- Children more often breathe through their mouths, rather than their noses, which affords less opportunity for particulates to be filtered out by nasal cilia in the upper respiratory tract. Young children are obligatory mouth breathers.
- Children receive proportionately larger doses of inhaled toxins, due to their smaller size and higher ventilator rate.
- Children are more active than adults, and volume of inhaled air increases with activity due to increased heart and respiratory rate. Toxins enter your child's blood faster than they enter yours.
- Children's immune systems are less mature than adults, so they are more prone to inflammatory and allergic reactions.
- Children have a higher cumulative risk from toxins over their life spans.
Recent studies have revealed that air pollution has more serious negative consequences for infants and children than we could have imagined. And maternal exposure to air pollution has profound impacts on the brain of a developing fetus.
Common Air Pollutants Can Damage Your Baby's Developing Brain
Prenatal exposure to airborne toxins is associated with genetic abnormalities at birth that may increase cancer risk, smaller newborn head size, lower birth weight, developmental delays, and a higher risk for childhood asthma.
A study in 2009 published in Pediatrics revealed very disturbing findings.
In New York City, 249 pregnant women were fitted with backpack air monitors during their last months of pregnancy. When their children turned 5, they were given IQ tests prior to starting school. Children whose mothers were exposed to the most air pollution before birth scored 4 to 5 points lower in IQ, which is enough to impair school performance.
The study suggests prenatal exposure to air pollution has detrimental effects on your child's developing brain, which is exactly what three recent studies have shown us about prenatal exposure to pesticides.
Clearly, this is a MAJOR health issue that must be addressed.
Now that you understand the depth and breadth of the indoor air pollution problem, the remainder of this report will focus on what you can do to remove these ugly invaders from your air supply.
SOURCE : Dr. Mercola - INSIDE Your Home: The Ugly Invaders Which Can Make You Sick