As air quality in Singapore worsens due to haze, it’s normal for parents to get worried. Haze can definitely have a health impact to anyone who gets exposed to it, and children are especially vulnerable because their immune systems are not as developed yet.
Take these precautions to ensure the safety of your little one.
#1 Be aware of the advisories issued by the Ministry of Health
Always make yourself informed of public advisories issued by the government, especially on the daily PSI (Pollutant Standards Index) level. The Ministry of Health has the following standard protocols to protect children from the haze at certain PSI levels:
- 0-100 PSI levels: Continue with normal activities
- 101-200 PSI levels: Minimised prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical exertion
- 201-300 PSI levels: Minimise outdoor activity
- More than 300 PSI level: Avoid outdoor activity
#2 Drink plenty of water
Keep your child hydrated all the time as haze can cause throat irritation, cough, and other respiratory problems. Water also helps flush out toxins from air particles your child might have inhaled.
#3 Be ready with masks
N95 masks are especially designed as a respiratory mask, but it is only certified for use of adults and not children. However, surgical masks, as long as they fit properly, can help protect your child from haze particles so better to have some at your perusal. There’s no need to use masks indoors.
#4 Consider purchasing a reliable air purifier for your home
There are pollutants and particles in the air that are harmful for your little one. An air purifier can help you clean the air your breathe at home. But the challenge is how to choose the right air purifier. According to this article in Cromly, you need to consider these three factors before purchasing one: intelligent sensing capabilities, filtration method, and projection capacity.
#5 Strengthen your child’s immune system
A child with a strong immune system has a better chance of not being affected by the haze. Start by making your child eat healthy food such as fruits and vegetables, providing essential vitamins, and practicing an active lifestyle.
#6 Seek medical help
Should your child have preexisting lung or heart condition, or even asthma, make sure to seek the advice of the doctor on what to do when there’s haze. If your kid starts feeling unwell once a haze incident hits, see a medical professional immediately.