A recent study suggests that infants exposed to air pollution from traffic are more likely to experience decreased lung function through the age of eight. Medical News Today reports that about 1,900 children were monitored for the study from the time they were born until they turned eight.
"Earlier studies have shown that children are highly susceptible to the adverse effects of air pollution and suggest that exposure early in life may be particularly harmful," Researcher Göran Pershagen, MD, PhD and professor at the Karolinska Institutet, Institute of Environmental Medicine told Medical News Today.
Pershagen went on to say that the results of the survey suggest that exposure to traffic-related air pollution during the first few years of life was often associated with decreased lung function - especially in male children or those with allergen sensitivities.
Homeowners living near large throughways or near busy intersections can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of traffic-related air pollution in a house. A unit like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can limit a family's exposure to pollutants that could lead to medical consequences.