Air Pollution and Childhood Asthma

To study the impact of air pollution on childhood asthma, the University of Southern California Medical School performed a five year study involving over 3,000 children.

Monitoring stations were set up in each community and the air concentrations of ozone, nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter were measured daily during the five year study period.

They found that children who lived in high smog areas were three times more likely to develop asthma than children in low smog areas. They also found that the more the child was highly active outdoors in polluted areas the greater the vulnerability to developing a problem.

If families cannot avoid living in an area where high pollution exists because all the family life like school and work are already focused in that area then here are a few helpful tips to follow. Theses simple steps can help made a difference.


Encourage our children to be active in natural parks not on streets. Natural parks are typically abundant with trees generating life sustaining oxygen. Parents who run by roads inhaling carbon monoxide need to set a better example.


Bring more nature into your neighborhood by planting with your children more trees and plants since they help create our much cherished oxygen.


Get involved as a family in environmental issues. To give you and your children inspiration check out Dr. Seuss’s book on the environment or even the newly released movie based on The Lorax.

Best of Health to you and your family,