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Pollution can permanently damage a child's brain
08 December 2017, 01:07 | Austin Hogan
Dr Vinod K Paul AIIMS Paediatrics Professor and also a member of Niti Aayog says, "Air pollution is associated with pneumonia, which kills 18 lakh children in India every year, and triggers asthma, bronchitis, and other throat and respiratory infections, forcing children to miss school and further limiting their learning and development potential".
Satellite imagery reveals that South Asia has the largest proportion of babies living in the worst-affected areas, with 12.2 million babies residing where outdoor air pollution exceeds six times global limits set by the World Health Organization.
A Unicef report states that toxic air severely affects children's brain development and may cause a permanent damage to their brains.
The report highlights the relationship between pollution and brain functions " like memory and verbal IQ and non-verbal, test results, lower scores among schoolchildren, as well as other neurological problems ".
The United Nations report was titled as "Danger in the air", that states that brain damage can happen through several mechanisms.
Air pollution is one of the biggest threats to child health globally.
For detailed information, read thefull reportcompiled by UNICEF.
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When there is an exposure of a pregnant women to pollutants, it harms them a lot. More than three-quarters of these young children - 12 million - live in South Asia.
The Unicef elaborates the effects says the risk begins in the womb.
These include investing in renewable sources of energy to cut air pollution, increasing the amount of green spaces in urban areas, and improving both knowledge and monitoring of air pollution. "We also need to make sure children have access to the health services they need to treat health conditions associated with air pollution".
Parents can prevent damage by not exposing children to harmful fumes produced by tobacco products, cooking stoves and heating fires at home.
"No child should have to breathe dangerously polluted air and no society can afford to ignore air pollution", said Lake.
He explained that when a child's cognitive development is impaired, it affects not only individual lives but whole families, communities and economies.
UNICEF has suggested that immediate action must be taken to reduce air pollution amid emerging evidence.
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