Children exposed to air pollution in the womb may suffer from decreased lung-function development, according to a recent study. Researchers were able to draw that conclusion by evaluating 162 asthmatic children between the ages 6 and 15 in Fresno, California. Then researchers took the results and compared lung conditions to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data for air pollution levels experienced during the pregnancy, reports US News.
"In this study, we found that prenatal exposures to airborne particles and the pollutant nitrogen dioxide adversely affect pulmonary function growth among asthmatic children between 6 and 15 years of age," said study author Amy Padula, PhD, according to Medical Express. "This analysis adds to the evidence that maternal exposure to ambient air pollutants can have persistent effects on lung function development in children with asthma."
Pregnant women concerned about air pollution’s impact on the development of their unborn child can invest in a home air purifier to reduce exposure. A unit such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier limits toxin levels indoors and promotes greater health for every member of the family, even those who are still developing.