Your Child Is Even MORE Vulnerable than You to Damage from Airborne Toxins|
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. 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.
- 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.