Jun 24 Signs to look out for

Jun 24 Signs to look out for

SINGAPORE - LITTLE Rayyan (above) has been holed up in bed with a high fever and cough for three days.

The three-year-old has a history of breathing difficulties and wheezing, and was warded at KK's Women's and Children's Hospital for a week twice in recent months.

Rayyan has been staying indoors because of his illness but the haze has caught the attention of the bubbly child.

"There is a smell of burning even after we close all the windows. He would sniff the air and say, 'Daddy, there's a strange smell', his father, Mr Khai Tyson, 39, said.

"He will stay at home until the haze goes away," the security manager added.

Parents in the Tysons' situation may find this information useful.

What are the effects of haze on children, both indoors and outdoors?

The haze contains pollutant gases and particulate matter that can irritate the airways, eyes and skin. This can be worse if the child has conditions such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis and eczema.

It can exacerbate these underlying conditions. The likelihood of adverse effects is linked to the severity of the haze and the duration of exposure.

So staying outdoors for prolonged periods can expose the child to more effects of the haze.

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