Today’s mothers are proactive about giving the best of everything to their children; as soon as the news about ‘good news’ spreads, we ‘new-to-be-mommies’ get extra careful about hygiene, we read books about parenting, most of the internet searches are related to this only. Thing is… the new Indian woman is smart, intelligent and informed when it comes safety of its family especially her precious kids.
The reason why I am writing this blog is to spread awareness about dangers of polluted air in our surrounding and how it impacts the health of our kids. After reading a few articles on internet, I found out that poor quality of air can have far-reaching and serious health effects on children. The bad quality of air influences the efficacy of air-borne disease transmission; Air-borne diseases include any that are caused by pathogens and transmitted through the air.
The health-problems associated with poor air quality ranges from respiratory diseases (such as asthma, coughing, sore-throats, lung-cancer, and other chronic and acute respiratory diseases) to severe developmental conditions like autism. Not only this, the germs in polluted air also affect the immunity of the child; reason being the immune system of the child is still developing along with his body, it’s not fully developed.
So, it is very important to provide a healthy and germ-free environment for the proper physical and mental growth of our children. Though we cannot fully control the external agents causing air pollution but we ‘Mothers’ can definitely take a step and contribute towards developing a clean environment by making small changes in our home.
As my daughter is just 16-month old and is very prone to catching the above mentioned health problems, I did a thorough check and took the required actions to facilitate the clean air in our home.
Proper ventilation: I make sure to have windows opened for a few hours every morning and evening. I already have exhaust fans installed in the bathroom and kitchen. And yes, an electric chimney in the kitchen is a must have in today’s time.
Decorating home with indoor plants: Indoor plants in your living space can significantly increase the inflow of fresh air as these plants help absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Research also indicates that plants take in much of the unhealthy gaseous chemicals in the air. I have Spider plant and golden pothos in my home.
Dusting that dirt away: Dusting and vacuuming should be done daily to avoid kids getting in contact with the dust particles. It can cause allergies in kids. A Big thanks to my help for doing this difficult task for me and my family.
Keeping carpets neat and clean: Carpets attract and trap unhealthy particles. Damp carpets too are a hotbed of proliferating germs. I get them dry-cleaned often.
Fixing that leak: Excessive moisture and humidity indoors, gives impetus to air-borne diseases like asthma and various other chronic health diseases. I got a thorough check by my plumber and he’s done all the fixes.
Using Air Sanitizers: To keep the space refreshed, I used to place Odonil blocks in my bathroom and cupboards but recently, I have started using ‘Odonil 1 touch air sanitizer’. It gives you fragrant and germ-free air for a healthy home. It’s like having your own ‘Hawa Ka Doctor’, which masks and neutralises odour. It comes in two unique fragrances – Natural Spring & Floral Bouquet. I love the former more. You can do 150 sprays in one buy, so it’s complete value for money. Click here to check the new range and fragrances by Odonil One Touch Air Sanitizer. I really feel more protected and refreshed in my home now, so does my child.
Thanks to plants, my maid and plumber and especially Odonil. 🙂
This article was originally published here.