Study on the relationship between indoor air quality and children's health in Beijing

Na Cui, Jing Chao Xie, Wen Yue Bian, Hiroshi Yoshino, U. Yanagi, Hui Bo Zhang, Zhen Hai Li, Jing Liu, Yang Lv

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Abstract

Indoor air quality (IAQ) has been concerned since 1970s in some western countries. Many researchers have studied the effects of air pollution on children's health and evidence suggested that it did contribute significantly to the risk of adverse health in children. Children spend the majority of their time indoors, mostly at home. To study health effects of long-term exposure to indoor air, we conducted a questionnaire survey about indoor environment and children's health status in 2012 on the 4-5 grades children of a primary school in Beijing. The questionnaire was used to collect data on general information of children, living environment, residential equipments and lifestyle and children's health status. We classified the investigated families into several categories according to residential surrounding air pollution, decoration and smoking. Then we observed respiratory symptoms like cough, dyspnea with phlegm, nasal obstruction, asthma and some allergy symptoms in different categories. The results of this survey suggest that indoor air quality is associated with children's health. Morbidity of children's respiratory system symptoms and some allergy symptoms is higher in relatively poor indoor environment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrontiers of Green Building, Materials and Civil Engineering III
Pages525-530
Number of pages6
Edition1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event3rd International Conference on Green Building, Materials and Civil Engineering, GBMCE 2013 - , Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 2013 Aug 212013 Aug 23

Publication series

NameApplied Mechanics and Materials
Number1
Volume368-370
ISSN (Print)1660-9336
ISSN (Electronic)1662-7482

Other

Other3rd International Conference on Green Building, Materials and Civil Engineering, GBMCE 2013
CountryTaiwan, Province of China
Period13/8/2113/8/23

Keywords

  • Allergy symptoms
  • Children
  • Indoor air pollution
  • Respiratory health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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