Young children who grow up exposed to air pollution are more likely to develop asthma, new research reveals.
A mix of dust, sand and non-exhaust tailpipe emissions, known as coarse particulate matter, increases youngsters under 11’s risk of the lung condition by 1.3 percent, a US study found today.
Air pollution also raises their risk of visiting the emergency room due to their asthma by 3.3 percent and being hospitalized with the condition by 4.5 percent, the research adds.
Young children are thought to be more at risk due to them typically spending a lot of time outdoors and being vulnerable to air pollution due to their immature lungs, according to the researchers.
Around 7.1 million children in the US have asthma, making it the most common chronic childhood illness. Approximately 1.1 million youngsters are affected in the UK.