Smog and particulate matter (such as pollen, soot, and dust) are examples of air pollution. Children's
lungs are especially sensitive to the harmful effects of air pollution, because
they breathe rapidly and inhale a high concentration of pollution relative to
Use care when you take your young child outdoors, especially for
physical activities. When children exercise, they breathe more heavily than
normal. Also, they breathe more through their mouths than their noses.
This allows pollution to be inhaled more deeply into the lungs where it can
cause permanent damage.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerThomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014
Current as of:
September 9, 2014
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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