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Smog and particulate matter (such as pollen, soot, and dust) are examples of air pollution. Children's
lungs are especially sensitive to the harmful effects of air pollution because
they breathe rapidly and inhale a high concentration of pollution relative to
Use care when taking your young child outdoors, especially for
physical activities. When children exercise, they breathe more heavily than
normal. Also, they breathe more through their mouths than their noses.
This allows pollution to be inhaled more deeply into the lungs where it can
cause permanent damage.
For more information, see the topic Environmental Illness.
November 30, 2010
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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