How to teach your child about pollution

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Young kids can really start to learn about pollution. The way I recommend doing that is to teach kids about garbage. Kids know about cleaning up, kids know about washing their hands. At the same time teach them about garbage. Why is that dirty on the floor? Why is that garbage at the beach? Have them help clean up the house. Have them help sort the garbage form recycling bins to regular garbage bins. Once they understand the concept of garbage, dirty and clean, they can understand the concept of dirty and clean air. Why is cigarette smoke dirty? Why does it smell bad at the gas station? Start with small things that toddlers can understand and then older kids can start to understand what air pollution is and why it’s not just at little areas that are dirty but at why our whole globe is becoming polluted.
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Nina Shapiro, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngologist

Dr. Nina Shapiro is the Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) and an Associate Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  As the first fellowship-trained pediatric otolaryngologist at the medical center since it was founded in 1955, her presence has put UCLA 'on the map' in her field.  

A graduate of Harvard Medical School and Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences, she also completed her residency training at Harvard.  She then went on to complete additional subspecialty training in pediatric otolaryngology at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, and The Children's Hospital of San Diego.

A native of New York, Shapiro has been honored with several prestigious awards, including the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology Award for Clinical Research, the UCLA Division of Head and Neck Surgery Faculty Teaching Award, and the American Academy of Pediatrics Young Investigators Award.  She has also been named "Super Doctor" by Los Angeles Magazine, and has been listed in "Who's Who in America".  

She has authored over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, has edited a pediatric otolaryngology textbook, and is the author of the parenting book Take a Deep Breath: Clear the Air for the Health of Your Child, releaseded in January 2012. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children, and enjoys spending time with them more than anything else in the world.

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