Science & Medicine
Mon July 30, 2012
Childhood asthma still problem for IN kids
The entire state of Indiana is now in compliance with federal air quality standards when it comes to ground-level ozone, but child asthma rates in the state are on the rise.
A new report from the state Department of Health details the environmental health status for Hoosier children. Asthma is now the third-leading cause of hospitalization for children through the age of 17.
While Indiana’s outdoor air quality has improved, Department of Health spokesperson Amy Reel says that hasn’t helped make a dent in the state’s child asthma rates.
“Part of that is due to, that children spend an estimated 80 to 90 percent of their time indoors: in home, in school or in child care settings.”
Reel says that’s why the state is shining a spotlight on the importance of clean indoor air, cautioning parents against the dangers of airborne pollutants.
“An estimated 420 thousand children are still exposed to second-hand smoke at home.”
She says other dangers include mold and carbon monoxide.
You can see the Sunny Start: Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds report HERE.