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)
When to Consult
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 :
- Rid your home of moulds, cockroaches and rodents!
- Exposition à la fumée secondaire – Habitations sans fumée au Québec
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
Help and Resources
People at Risk
Dernière mise à jour le : 2015.05.22