Published On: Thu, Feb 11th, 2016

Air pollution during pregnancy can develop asthma in babies


Increasing pollution has heinous effects on health. Recently a new research study has revealed that babies born to mothers bared to air pollution from traffic sources during pregnancy have an enhanced peril of developing asthma prior to the age of five.

The research study further said that the children whose mothers resided near to highways during pregnancy had a 25 percent elevated relative hazard of developing asthma.

Hind Sbihi, from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, stated that “Our study results highlight the importance of exposure to pollution while babies are still in the womb. Air pollution from traffic sources increased the risk of developing asthma during early years before children reach school age, even in an urban area with relatively low levels of air pollution,”

The research study furthermore illustrated that the children born with a low birth weight were much at risk to the respiratory effects of air pollution.

The researchers of the study told that the danger elevated with a boost in intensities of nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide: two markers of traffic-related air pollution.

The research study, cited in the European Respiratory Journal, gazes at the function of the difference in air pollution in municipal places and the growth of asthma.

More than 65,000 Canadian kids were involved in the research study and pursued up from birth in anticipation of the age of 10 years.

The researchers examined physician-diagnosed asthma cases amid this set and also evaluated contact of mothers to air pollutants during pregnancy. Every mother’s postcode was employed and bare stage was agreed on employing measures that focused mostly on traffic-related pollutants, involving black carbon, fine particulate matter, nitrogen oxide and nitric oxide.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.