Find out how exposure to air pollution affects children’s health and why it’s worse for children than adults

(Clue: it’s to do with our lungs)

Because children’s lungs are still developing, air pollution can have a bigger impact on children’s health than it does on adults’.

"Children's developing organs and immune systems - and smaller bodies and airways - make them especially vulnerable to dirty air" - Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO 

Here are some of the ways air pollution affects children’s heath:

High air pollution is linked to low birth weight and premature births

Being exposed to air pollution during pregnancy and after birth affects a baby’s lung function development

There is a strong link between air pollution and the worsening of asthma symptoms, it may also play a part in causing asthma in some people

The more children with asthma are exposed to air pollution, the more they suffer with long-term respiratory symptoms

Higher amounts of air pollutants are associated with more asthma attacks, more hospital admissions and a higher mortality rate

Exposure to air pollution is also linked to more coughs and bronchitis

Air pollution can increase the risk of getting bacterial pneumonia

Air pollution can have particularly bad effects on children because they’re still developing. But it isn’t good for any of us.

There are lots of ways to tackle air pollution and make the air cleaner and healthier for all of us:

REDUCE the amount of air pollution you create

TALK and join forces to beat pollution together

AVOID harmful air pollution