Santé Montréal

Children's respiratory health

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Respiratory diseases are the most common health problem in children. They result in many doctor’s appointments, visits to emergency departments and hospitalizations, and affect the quality of life of the children and their parents.

In Montréal, 27% of all children aged 6 months to 12 years have already had at least one respiratory ailment, be it asthma, a respiratory infection or winter allergic rhinitis.

Excessively high humidity or mould at home, exposure to tobacco smoke and the absence of breastfeeding have been identified as threats to the respiratory health of children.

Excessive humidity or mould problems have been discovered in 36% of the homes of Montreal children aged 6 months to 12 years.

Source : Results of a study done in 2006 by the Direction de santé publique (DSP)

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When to Consult

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Protection and prevention

  • Get rid of excessive humidity and mould in your home
  • Make a habit of breastfeeding
  • Avoid exposing children to tobacco smoke
  • Prevent cockroaches and rodents (mice or rats) from getting into your home

To find our more on the subject see :

For all health-related questions:
Talk to your doctor or call Info-Santé at 811

For housing-relating questions:
Régie du logement : 514-873-2245

English Websites
Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation
Régie du logement

French Websites
MSSS, INSPQ, SHQ and SCHL websites - Des clés pour améliorer la qualité de l’air de votre demeure

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Risk factors

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Help and Resources

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People at Risk

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Dernière mise à jour le : 2015.05.22