Take these simple steps to help protect your little ones from the haze and polluted air
The haze’s threatening presence has come and gone over the past week, with the scorching dry spell making matters worse.
Haze in Singapore usually originates from forest fires burning around the region. Indonesia, in particular, has been criticised in recent years for not doing enough to prevent and suppress the forest fires on carbon-rich peat soil in the country.
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Children, especially tend to be more vulnerable as their immune systems are not fully developed. Exposure to the haze can harm the nose, lungs and eyes in otherwise healthy children. They may experience:
- Itchy, watery or red eyes
- Runny nose or blocked nose
- Dry or sore throat
- Dry irritant cough
- Some breathing difficulties
According to the National Environment Agency (NEA), once the PSI reaches the unhealthy range of between 100 and 200, all outdoor activity should be minimised. And everyone should avoid outdoor activity if the PSI levels are higher than 200. Use these simple tips to protect your child’s health: