Just as you consider pollutants and the quality of the air outside, you should think about things indoors that could pose health risks for your child — after all, most of us spend more time inside than we do outside.

Katherine Rivera-Spoljaric, MD, a Washington University pulmonologist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, talks about how the air in your home could potentially make your child sick.

Common sources can include:

  • Natural gas
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Candles and air fresheners
  • Wood-burning stoves
  • Fireplaces

Here are a few things you can do to limit the sources of pollution in your home:

  • Test for radon and carbon monoxide.
  • Clean exhaust fans and replace air filters.
  • Have a professional check your fireplace and wood-burning stove for any leaks.
  • Look around your home for potential risks.

Many things can impact indoor air quality. Visit epa.gov for a complete list of pollutants and safety guides. If you have concerns about the air quality in your home affecting your child, make an appointment to see your pediatrician. Need help finding a pediatrician? We are here to help! Learn more about what factors to consider when choosing a pediatrician.