UK: babies in prams ‘exposed to more pollution’

03 October 2018

Young children in prams can be exposed to up to 60% more pollution than adults because they are lower to the ground and closer to exhaust pipes, a study suggests.

Researchers at the University of Surrey found that the breathing height of infants in prams was between 0.55m and 0.85m above ground level. Pollution levels are greatest within 1m of the ground.

Professor Prashant Kumar, one of the authors of the paper, published in Environment International, said: ‘When you also consider how vulnerable [infants] are because of their tissues, immune systems and brain development at this early stage of their life, it is extremely worrying that they are being exposed to these dangerous levels of pollution.’

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