I could not forget the day when my 3-year-old niece started panting. It was Rakshabandhan Day (14th August, 2017), and we all were having the good times. At first we thought she is playing some prank but as soon we saw her fainting in front of our eyes, we realized there is something gross. We got scared, forget about the festival and
rushed to the nearby hospital. Vanya was lying in brother’s arms still fainted. Due to festival, hardly any of the doctor was available, but luckily got one pediatric. After initial check up, he told us not to panic. He put the Oxygen mask and asked us to wait outside. Few minutes later, he told us that Vanya got the minor asthma attack. The news was shocking to us as there is not history of asthma in our family and moreover no one was aware about this problem of Vanya.
Curious we asked doctor, how it happened as Since morning Vanya was at home only and moreover she hardly goes out to play.
What is Indoor Air Pollution:
The facts told by Doctor were really eye opener for the parents like me who thinks their homes are safe for their kids. Indoor Air Pollution refers to the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of air in the indoor environment within a home. As per him Indoor Air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Indoor air pollution can have a severe negative impact anyone’s health.
Reason for Indoor Air Pollution:
Then he continued that exposure to indoor air pollution has increased due to a variety of reasons, including the construction of more tightly sealed buildings, reduced ventilation, the use of synthetic materials for building and furnishing and the use of chemical products, pesticides, and household care products. Indoor air pollution can begin within the building or be drawn in from outdoors. Other than nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and lead, there are a number of other pollutants that affect the air quality in an enclosed space.
Indoor Air Pollutants and their effects:
Seriously, at first I was unable to believe, what all he was saying but Vanya’s condition was too cannot be neglected. A small girl was gasping for breath and lying there on hospital bed as a victim of Indoor Air Pollution. So, further we asked him to at least brief us about some of the Indoor Air Pollutants so that in future we can be aware about them. Then the doctor replied there are many but few of which are harmful are
- The perfumes, hair sprays, furniture polish, glues, air fresheners, moth repellents, wood preservatives, and many other products used in the house are major cause of Indoor Air Pollution and about which most of us are unaware. Their main health effect is the imitation of the eye, nose and throat. In more severe cases there may be headaches, nausea and loss of coordination. In the long-term, some of the pollutants are suspected to damage to the liver and other parts of the body.
Tobacco smoke generates a wide range of harmful chemicals and is known to cause cancer. It is well-known that passive smoking causes a wide range of problems to the passive smoker (the person who is in the same room with a smoker and is not himself/herself a smoker) ranging from burning eyes, nose, and throat irritation to cancer, bronchitis, severe asthma, and a decrease in lung function.
Pesticides , if not used carefully and the manufacturers, instructions are not followed carefully they can cause too much harm to the indoor air.
Biological pollutants include pollen from plants, mite, hair from pets, fungi, parasites, and some bacteria. Most of them are allergens and can cause asthma, hay fever, and other allergic diseases.
Even the carpets, particle boards and insulation foams can cause air pollution. They contain Formaldehyde which can cause irritation to the eyes and nose and may cause allergies in some people.
Asbestos is mainly a concern because it is suspected to cause cancer.
To be very honest, the time Ped was discussing all these I got really worried about my little kids and their health. This discussion can cause any Mom like me in a splur of worries and tension about her kids. Seeing our concern, he continued and told us not to be worry about it.
Solution to the Indoor Air Pollution:
As per him, we can take various measures which can help us in improving our Indoor Air and making it germ free. Now a days, technology has made it easier to keep a check on Indoor Air Pollution like Royale Atmos which is a paint that reduces harmful air pollutants and makes the air cleaner. Additionally, it also absorbs various foul smells & makes the air fresher. It is invented by one of the most trusted paint brand- Asian Paints. Royale Atmos ( https://www.asianpaints.com/atmos) is a paint that not only looks good, but also helps purify air and improve the air quality inside your home.
Hearing this I was relived and promised myself that will get my home painted with Royale Atmos and that too this Diwali only. If a small step can protect my family from air pollution then there is no harm in going for it. I want my home to be filled with happiness and smiles not the pollutants.