As a parent, you want the best for your little ones –especially when it comes to clean air for the future generation. Join the Moms Clean Air Force to help take action!
Disclaimer: this is a collaboration with Moms Clean Air Force to spread the word about Baby Power. I am happy to spread the word about their amazing #BabyPower campaign!
The moment you see your child take their first breath, you transform into a super woman. All of the pain of child birth is nearly forgotten and you know that you will to anything and everything to protect that little being in your arms. Or, if you have twins first, those little beings!
As a child who had extreme allergies and asthma, I know how important fresh air is. I can tell when the air quality is low –I wheeze and I can feel the heaviness the air immediately in my lungs. I have been very fortunate that my 4 little ones don’t have the asthma issues I have dealt with and I’ll do everything in my power to keep it that way.
Did you know children breathe differently from adults? You may notice while holding an infant, they tend to breathe faster than adults. I always see Liam’s little tummy going in and out. Adults breathe 12-20 times per minute, while babies breathe about 40 times. With each breath, infants also breathe in more air, so no surprise there is more potential for them to inhale toxins. This Little Lungs guide is so helpful!
Protection begins in the household. There are little things you can do to help the environment inside your house to keep your kids safe. Here are some simple things you can do:
- Remove pet hair, dust and dander from your home
- Avoid using scented candles in the home
- I used to love scented candles, but now I’ve noticed I cough so much more after using them! I always thought it was from cleaning, which is when I used to use them, but it’s actually the scent from the candles!
- Check and test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors– if you watch This is Us, I’m sure you’re doing it even more frequently now!
Since children tend to exercise and spend more time outside, clean air is especially important. Check the air quality on your local weather app or AirNow. On high-pollen days, make sure the kids limit time outside. Also, be sure to remove any clothing worn outside when pollen counts are high–they actually can trigger allergies inside!