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Air pollution may cause permanent damage to your child's brain

Air pollution may cause permanent damage to your child's brain

The asian continent, which regularly produces impressive images of the "smog" in New Delhi or Beijing, for a total of 16 of the 17 million children in the world under the age of one year who are exposed to critical levels of pollution -at least six times higher than the ceilings considered safe for the health. This can have devastating health effects, including potentially putting their brain development at risk.

The links of pollution with asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory diseases in the long course are known for a long time.

The babies live in places where air pollution can be up to six times higher than global limits prescribed by the World Health Organisation.

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said, "Not only do pollutants harm babies' developing lungs, they can permanently damage their developing brains, thus, their future".

A Unicef report states that toxic air severely affects children's brain development and may cause a permanent damage to their brains.

The report sets out a range of ways that the impact of air pollution on babies' brains could be lowered.

It explains that ultrafine pollution particles are so small that they can enter the blood stream, travel to the brain, and damage the blood-brain barrier, which can cause neuro-inflammation.

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California was found to have the most polluted air in the country, with Los Angeles ranking highest for ozone pollution and Visalia the top city for year-round particle pollution.

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.

Create smart urban planning so that major sources of pollution are not located near schools, clinics or hospitals.

The paper urges parents to take steps to reduce children's exposure to harmful chemicals, including from tobacco products and cooking stoves.

The pollution " will impact the learning of the children, their memories, their language skills and motor", said to AFP Nicholas Rees, author of the report.

Lastly, be aware about the air pollution levels near your area.