When you’re expecting a baby and swapping your sports car for a family car, getting a newer model with a fuel filter is important and will reduce the risk of traffic fumes for your baby.
Congratulations. There will soon be a new arrival in the family. Friends and relatives have chipped in for the crib, pushchair, clothes and toys and the car seat has been chosen. Fitting the right car seat, however, is not the only safety consideration when travelling with a new baby. The type of car is important too. Diesel Dog notes that newer cars are more eco-friendly and are fitted with fuel filters that reduce air pollution by up to 80% to protect baby from the harmful effects of traffic fumes.
How Do Car Fumes Harm Children?
Various research from around the world shows that breathing in traffic fumes is harmful to the health and development of children and the risk begins in pregnancy. Pregnant mothers who breathe in more traffic fumes due to living in congested areas may damage their unborn baby’s lungs and affect lung function on a long-term basis.
Soot particles from diesel engines were also found to cause asthma in children who had no previous asthma. Living near a main road with a child can increase their chance of getting pneumonia, a serious lung infection and make them prone to wheezing, coughing and ear, nose and throat infections.
Traffic fumes can harden children’s arteries and cause changes in heart rate. The poor quality of the air could be one reason for sudden cardiac death in the young.
Traffic Fumes and Cognitive Function
Children’s developing brains are particularly prone to the effects of environmental chemicals and children living in areas with higher pollution don’t do as well at school, with poorer test scores.
Getting a fuel filter or updating an old one can significantly reduce harmful levels of particulates in the atmosphere and help protect children from harm.