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Easy ways to help your kids fight pollution

Small preventive tips to help your young ones breathe better

brunch Updated: Dec 16, 2017 23:17 IST
Shikha Sharma
Shikha Sharma
Hindustan Times
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Avoid dressing up kids in just one heavy garment. Make them wear layers of clothing instead.(Getty Images)

Our cities, today, are enveloped in pollution, leading to diseases and disorders especially among three sets of people: Prematurely born babies, now at home after neonatal care; children with respiratory issues and obesity; and the elderly, especially those with existing health conditions.

Here are some effective preventive measures to fight the effects of air pollution:

* Frequently wash and sun-dry quilts. Avoid using woollen blankets unless they are encased in a cotton fabric cover. When taking woollen clothes and bed linen out from storage, ensure the smell of naphthalene balls is eliminated.

* Rather than wearing one heavy garment, children and the elderly should wear layers of clothing.

* Ensure all rooms are reasonably humid to avoid dryness and nasal tract irritation.

* Elderly, non-diabetic people must take a teaspoon of chyawanprash mixed in warm water.

* Avoid processed cheese, cold milk, and curd at night as these cause respiratory problems.

* Senior citizens with respiratory problems may take trikatu chooran with organic honey.

* Avoid oily and fried foods as they clog the micro channels in the body.

* Cultivate pollution control plants such as money plant, areca palm, and bamboo.

* Jaggery taken daily in warm water controls the effects of pollution. (Not for infants.)

* Avoid heavy curtains and upholstery.

* Use house paint with low levels of VOC (pollutants).

* Clean fungal growths in corners and cupboards.

From HT Brunch, December 17, 2017

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First Published: Dec 16, 2017 21:24 IST