When in a stroller, your baby is at the height of the exhaust and therefore particularly exposed to toxic gases (carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons). Caution is therefore advisable to ensure baby’s safety when in a stroller.
An Inquiry into Strollers Exposure to Pollution
- Toddlers in strollers are more exposed than adults to pollution. By equipping the strollers with sensors to observe what babies breathe while walking in the city, in France, Association Santé Environnement France (ASEF) concluded that infants in strollers had about 5 times more exposure to emitted carbon-monoxide from road transport automobile.
How it Affect Fragile Toddlers
- Numerous scientific studies have shown that children exposed to these micro-particles developed more easily asthma, eczema, ENT infections and respiratory allergies.
- At this time of life, the respiratory system is in developing and very vulnerable. Exposure to pollutants can therefore compromise the quality of the child’s respiratory capital.
- A baby strolling in the stroller, at the level of the exhaust breathes up to 30% more pollutants than an adult!
How to Protect Baby Pollution While in Strollers
- Take advantage of public transport.
- Avoid strolling in stroller during peak hours and proximity to major roads. Do not hesitate to take a little detour.
- Do not stop at the exhaust pipe of a car with the engine on.
- If it is warm, go for the baby carrier instead of the stroller. It helps keep your baby high, remote from the exhaust.
- Avoid exits during a peak of pollution, especially at peak hours when the air is charged with ozone.
- Choose to go for a walk in the morning, in dry weather and in good weather, but not too hot either (watch out for sunny days with no wind).
- Was there a heavy shower? It’s a good time to go out because the bad weather disperses the pollutants.
- Beware of days of fog. The fine droplets that compose it contain pollutants that will be easily inhaled.