According to the health day news, new research claimed that being in contact with certain types of air pollutants while you are pregnant may lead to a fact that the child born will be more prone to have asthma in the later stages of his or her life.
Exposure To Ultra-Thin Air Pollutants May Lead To A Risk Of Asthma
The researchers found that the mothers exposed to ultra-fine dust or air pollutants may lead to an increased chance of asthma in a child. To be specific the ultra-fine particles are small as the average human hair. It can go deep in the blood vessels and can pass through the lungs. It can lead to many respiratory diseases as well.
The study comprised of mothers and children. The number of participants was 365. Most of the participants were Hispanic or black from the area of Boston who was followed from the time of pregnancy. Many of the women who lived in the areas of more traffic and crowd were seen to be exposed to more ultra-thin particles as compared to the women who did not.
The reports claimed that almost 18 percent of children dealt with asthma in the later stages of life if their mothers were exposed to a high level of air pollution as compared to the 7 percent of the children in the United States.
Most of the diagnoses of the children were done just after they were above 3 years. The rates were also high due to the locality in which the mother lived during pregnancy. Most of the women who were less exposed to air pollutants were seen to give birth to a healthy baby.
Both the boys and the girls were affected by the maternal exposure to air pollution but the researchers claimed that girls were found to be more sensitive to the pollutant’s effect. It increased the chances in the girls to have the symptoms of asthma in the preschool ages due to the exposure of their mothers to ultra-thin air pollutants.
The author said that the reason behind this is not much clear but some of the researchers say that it is due to the endocrine-disrupting effects of exposure to air pollution.
A researcher in the school of medicine of Mount Sinai said that exposure to air pollutants in the early stages of pregnancy may also lead to respiratory issues and can affect the lungs and functionality adversely. The author also said that the information on ultra-thin air pollutants is not periodically monitored in the United States.
The study published by the American Journal of respiratory and care medicine said that the reason for not monitoring the ultra-thin particles regularly is the complications and unique challenges that they face in order to measure them. Dr. Rosalind Wright who is a professor at Child’s Health Research and also a professor at the public health and environmental medicines said that in recent years some of the new techniques and some devices have been proven effective to measure the rates of air pollutants.