Babies in prams are exposed to high levels of air pollution

News Date: 
March 10, 2017 :00am
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Who knew that the simple act of pushing a baby in a stroller could be such a dangerous one? It wasn’t until the University of Surrey (located in Guildford, England) recorded a 2.7 kilometer walk between the university and a fellow primary school that it was found that there were harmful levels of pollution present. Indeed, this study conducted in the UK has shown that babies in strollers (“prams”) are exposed to these high levels of air pollution, especially when next to busy roads. Because air pollution is strongly linked to a range of adverse effects upon the respiratory system, children are particularly vulnerable, and children who live on main roads run a higher risk of contracting asthma, pneumonia, and reduced lung function. 

 

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