CAD.20.017 – Ventilation baby care day care centers

Route: Child and adolescent development, upbringing and education

Cluster question: 059 How can we help children and adolescents grow up safe and healthy?

When an infant is born, he or she begins independently breathing for the first time, meaning that immediately his or her lungs start becoming a principal interface between the outside air and the organism being considerably and continuously influenced by the IAQ. Daycare centers (DCCs) or early life educational institutions, the first program for the social development of young children (generally aged 0-5 years old), are the most important place besides their home Adequate evidence supports the statement that young children enrolled in daycare centers in urban areas, particularly near busy roads, are exposed to more concentrations of PM. There is a good trend in increasing monitoring of PM levels across the countries, especially in Asian regions, but, still, more particulate matter characterization and standardization of sampling techniques are needed. More attention should be placed at IAQ within the young children’s breathing zone (e.g., sleeping micro-environment). There is a clear need to improve indoor air quality in daycare centers and to establish specific IAQ guidelines for exposure limits in these early-life educational environments.. Young children, one of the most vulnerable population groups, spend most of their time at DCCs (up to 10 hours per day, 5 days per week, mostly indoors). Therefore, creating a healthy indoor environment for infants is important in DCCs. As one of the most health-relevant indoor air pollutants, the focus of this research is on the Particulate Matter (PM) that should be well-thought-out in DCCs.

Keywords

babies, indoor environment, ventilation

Other organisations

Korein kinderplein, Kropman

Submitter

Organisation TU Eindhoven (TU/e)
Name Prof. ir. W. (Wim) Zeiler
E-mail w.zeiler@bwk.tue.nl
Website www.tue.nl