It’s getting warmer now and that means more time outdoors in the heat. It’s also time to be aware of air quality levels. While exposure to ozone air pollution causes adverse health effects in most people, children are especially susceptible. Children spend more time outdoors, especially in the summer when ozone levels are the highest. And, they engage in vigorous activities resulting in more air and pollution taken deep into their lungs.
Since airways in children are narrower than adults, irritation or inflammation that would produce only a slight response in an adult can result in a significant obstruction of the airways in a child. When ozone levels are high, children should move their activities indoors. For more information, contact the American Lung Association at 1 800 LUNG USA, lungusa.org or go to WUWF.org.