Pm2.5 Harmful To Children’s Health, Says Dr. Thongchai

PM2.5 harmful to children’s health says, Dr. Thongchai

Health officials are urging parents to keep their children safe during the haze disaster, as the concentration of airborne particulate matter has been found to be hazardous to everyone's health, particularly that of young children.

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The Director-General of the Department of Medical Services, Dr. Thongchai Keeratihuttayakorn, has warned about the health impact of Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM2.5), which has been accumulating in many areas of Thailand.

He noted that PM2.5 can enter the bloodstream via the lungs because very fine particulate matter can evade respiratory defense mechanisms like nose hair.

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Airborne particles can irritate the eyes, nose, and skin, as well as cause coughing, sneezing, and rashes, among other symptoms.

Long-term exposure to PM2.5 can lead to more serious illnesses like lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, heart failure, and high blood pressure.

Pregnant women who are exposed to PM2.5 are more likely to have preterm labor and give birth to underweight babies.

Fine particulate matter can also have an impact on infant growth and brain development.

According to Dr. Akkarathan Jittanuyanon, Director of the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health, parents should closely monitor air quality reports and make sure their children drink 8-10 glasses of water per day.

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On days with poor air quality, parents are also advised to close all doors and windows, turn on indoor fans to ensure air circulation, and avoid starting or leaving car engines running for extended periods of time within residential areas.

When PM 2.5 levels of 26 micrograms per cubic meter or higher are reported, they are also advised to keep their children indoors and encourage them to wear protective masks.

Furthermore, children with underlying health conditions should be given special attention and should see a doctor if they have a chronic cough, difficulty breathing, or chest pain.

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