IAQ and Children's Health - Protecting Children's Health
Children are more vulnerable to exposure to indoor air pollutants than adults. Their organs and respiratory, immune, and neurological systems are still developing and environmental health hazards pose more of a risk.
Children breathe in a relatively greater volume of air than adults, and much of it through their mouths. This may increase their risk of pulmonary exposure to particulates and fibers, which might otherwise be filtered out in the nose.
Children also have a higher heart rate than adults, which allows substances that are absorbed into the blood to permeate tissues faster.
This white paper seeks to raise awareness about how poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can affect children's health by addressing the following issues:
- Risk factors specific to children
- Children facing the greatest risk
- Indoor air pollutants that are of most concern
- Possible connections between childhood asthma and autism and indoor air pollution
- Steps that can be taken to protect children's health