These days, most cities in the north of China were engulfed in a choking haze of air. Some had also issued red alerts for air pollution, shutting down schools, factories and construction sites, hundreds of flights were canceled because of poor visibility caused by heavy smog.
“Smog invades Beijing,” tweeted Xinhua, a China’s official news agency. Haze is becoming a hot search term in China social media, and also has been the focus of public attention. Some warned that China’s haze could be “more horrible than the SARs epidemic.”
For most mum who just delivered a newborn baby, it’s important to know how to protect your baby from the haze. Their respiratory system is still immature, and more susceptible to the poor quality of air, long-term exposure to haze is likely to cause a range of symptoms in baby, like respiratory tract infection(RTI), emotional instability, asthma or bronchitis, and may require serious medical care.
There are at least three things you can do to protect your baby during haze period:
Breastfeeding—Breastfeeding is one of the best way to protect your baby’s health during haze period, as long as you’re breastfeeding, on the one hand, your baby will definitely benefit from your antibodies and natural immunities. On the other hand, breastfed babies generally have milder symptoms when it comes to flu or colds.
Stay Indoor As Much As Possible—When haze is around, you’d better stay indoor as much as possible, and keep all doors and windows closed, always switch on the air conditioner or purifier to improve indoor air quality.
Practice Good Hygiene—With dry weather, those with poor personal hygiene are more prone to diarrheal disease. So it’s necessary to observe and practice good personal hygiene all the time.
Changing Your Diet For Your Health—Trying Some Qingfei Food
Qingfei, a traditional Chinese medicine term, means clearing away the lung heat. And Qingfei food can effectively help you relieve some uncomfortable symptoms, like a cough, asthma, bronchitis, etc. Here are some Qingfei decoctions worth trying.
Snow Pear and Lily Decoction
Ingredients: Snow Pear, Lily, Medlar.
White Fungus Lotus Seed Soup with Pork Ribs
Ingredients: Lotus Seed, White fungus, Lily, Pork Ribs.
Spinach and Pork Blood Soup
Ingredients: Spinach, Pork Blood, Green Onion and Sesame Oil.
For more information: How To Protect Your Baby During The Haze Attack?