You know it. It comes with the arrival of the cooler temperatures. Delhi’s air quality decreases - out go the blue skies and in come that gray-hued smog. Many factors contribute to the air pollution in Delhi. But winter weather patterns make the problem worse. The cooler winter air traps pollutants from rising higher into the atmosphere, a situation exacerbated by the geography of our city. With the onset of the season, we often see the little members of the family affected. Coughing, sniffling, sneezing and general discomfort begin. Is it our imagination or are the children more vulnerable to the harmful effects of air pollution? They are more vulnerable. Their lungs are not fully developed until their late teens and they breathe more air per pound of body weight.
So how can we protect our little ones from taking the brunt of the season’s worst air in our city?
Well for starters, keep a few things in mind:
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