Pollution has rendered the air in New Delhi and neighbouring regions unbreathable. Stubble burning occurs in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, and U.P., causing enormous air pollution. In Delhi-NCR, one member of every four or five families suffers from adverse health consequences due to rising air pollution. Doctors are saying that the AQI values in the region remain dangerously high, and it's not a pretty picture.
The bad air quality threatens the health of those who breathe it, including children, adults, the elderly, and animals. Exposure to air pollution has become fatal for babies and reduces lung function in childhood. The pediatric population is more adversely impacted than adults by the significant drop in air quality. The pediatric population has frequent exacerbations, mental health issues, allergies, asthma, nasal obstructions, and allergic rhinitis. Air pollution affects babies and children between 0 and 16 years old and they frequently experience headaches, dry eyes, irritation, and dry skin.
CITTA has spoken to a few doctors and tried to understand how to take care of babies in this situation and cope with the adverse effects of air pollution. During discussions with our team, doctors have warned that there are numerous direct air pollution effects on babies and children.
How to protect your baby from air pollution?
Here are some "Should Dos" that CITTA tried to get from paediatricians, especially for new parents and parents of young children:
- Limit outside activities, particularly in the early morning and late evening when pollution levels are more than usual.
- If your child has been exposed to the outdoors (as they don’t prefer staying indoors), bathe them with a mild baby wash and shampoo. Use a gentle baby wash and shampoo that has natural oils and other hydrating ingredients.
- Keeping your baby’s skin moisturized is key. Choose a moisturizer that is thicker than creams or lotions, like a baby balm, to ensure long-lasting moisturization. Babies’ skin lose moisture at a much faster rate than adults, harsh winter winds with pollutants can cause dryness and also trigger irritation. Choose a moisturizing baby balm that has natural, nourishing ingredients with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties so that it can prevent rashes and fight dryness as well.
- For 0 to 3-year-olds, an oil massage can help strengthen bones and improve immunity. Try using an oil that is a blend of multiple natural oils for deep nourishment. Each oil offers its unique benefits in such a blend. Massaging with nourishing oil moisturizes your baby’s skin and promotes growth. CITTA’s Nourishing baby massage oil is a blend of 12 natural nourishing oils that can keep your baby’s skin nourished, protected and replenished while promoting growth.
- To avoid pollution, children must wear an N95 mask while stepping out. It’s high time to protect our babies from pollution.
- Keep them hydrated—a lot of water intake is a mandate.
- Add citrus fruits like lemon, orange, grapefruit, and pomegranate to their diet, which helps boost immunity and lung health.
- Avoid junk food.
Take care of yourself and your babies. Air pollution is a silent killer, and the high toxicity levels in the air in Delhi-NCR are endangering newborns. Try CITTA's Moisturizing Baby Balm, which has a unique blend of 7 nourishing oils, shea butter, and vitamin E in a thicker formulation that keeps your baby's skin moist for long hours. It has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that keep your baby's skin free of rashes, itchiness, and dryness.
Choose the one that is safest and best for them. Make this world a safer place to stay.