Protect your most precious cargo
“Babies are more vulnerable because their immune systems have not yet fully developed”
Henry, the founder’s son, still struggles with recurrent wheezing after an RSV infection as an infant. A number of studies demonstrate a relationship between infants with RSV infections and the development of asthma
Dymla® ONE helps you protect your baby
Dymla® ONE is an advanced air purification system designed to safeguard your infant from air pollution, airborne viruses, bacteria, bug bites – in addition it also provides valuable sun protection! To illustrate why it is essential to shield your baby against airborne health hazards, it is important to understand some of the health issues small babies face and how Dymla® ONE can help.
How bad is air pollution for babies?
As many as 7 million premature deaths are predicted in 2020 from poor air quality. Recent studies have even shown a connection between air pollution and later learning difficulties, asthma, and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Infants are especially vulnerable to air pollution because their lungs are still growing and developing. Newborns need around 80,000 breaths every day but adults only need around 20,000 breaths per day. Not only do babies breathe more rapidly, they inhale more air per body weight than do adults. It is worrisome because babies spend so much more time closer to the ground where more particulates hover and air quality is poorer.
Is air pollution linked to asthma?
Research from AAFA shows that air pollution can worsen asthma symptoms. Exposure to air pollution early in life contributes to the development of asthma throughout childhood, especially after 4-years of age. Traffic-related air pollution, in particular, is associated with the development of asthma in schoolchildren.
How dangerous are mosquitoes for babies?
Mosquitoes are one of the deadliest animals in the world. Diseases like malaria, zika, dengue and Japanese encephalitis are mosquito-borne diseases that can result in serious consequences for infants. Stings from wasps and bumblebees can also be life-threatening, especially when the sting is close to the mouth and neck area.
How does my baby’s immune system work?
Our immune systems require many years of maturation to safeguard us against most germs and viruses. During this time, our immune system “learns” how to produce a variety of special proteins (antibodies) to help protect us against disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Babies are at increased risk for many different kinds of infections because their immune systems are very immature. Until a later time in childhood when the baby learns to produce his or her own antibodies, the infant is reliant on his or her mother’s immune system for protection against disease. Some antibodies from the mother are passed to the unborn child during the last 3-months of pregnancy but unfortunately, this “newborn immunity” is only temporary and diminishes after a few weeks. Breastfed infants receive some passive immunity but regrettably, not all mothers are able to breastfeed. Even with those infants who are breastfed, it is unclear how many antibodies can be absorbed from breastmilk and how effective these “relocated antibodies” are in actual disease prevention.
The stark reality is that 5-million infants die each year in the first year of life worldwide. Of these infant deaths, 1.5-million are due to infection. Exposing your child to airborne infection in a public place can be worrisome when you are aware of how easily viruses and bacteria are spread. This risk is magnified in crowded places and with outbreaks of extremely contagious diseases such as coronavirus, RSV, or measles.
Here are some of the viruses and bacteria that Dymla® ONE is effective at guarding against:
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause the common cold as well as severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain and has not been previously identified in humans.
Coronaviruses are transmitted between animals and people. SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are identified in animals but they have not yet transmitted to humans.
Common signs of infection include fever, cough, respiratory symptoms, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Although uncommon, measles outbreaks regularly occur. Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that is an significant cause of death among young children globally, despite the availability of vaccine. Although most individuals will recover, life-long disability may result from measles infection. Without vaccination, children under the age of one are at much greater risk of death and severe complications.
RSV (human respiratory syncytial virus) is a very communicable and common virus that affects the respiratory tract of most children before their second birthday. For infants and younger children, the virus can lead to serious problems such as bronchiolitis, inflammation of the small airways of the lungs, or pneumonia, which can become life-threatening. Children who develop severe RSV infection–RSV bronchiolitis in the first 12-months of life are at increased risk for developing subsequent asthma and/or recurrent wheeze.
Pertussis, also called whooping cough, is a highly transmissible bacterial disease. It is spread via droplets from coughing or sneezing and it can cause severe complications. Effective treatment requires administration of antibiotic at an early stage of the disease. Since whooping cough is commonly mistaken for a common cold, antibiotics are often given too late in many cases.
Poliomyelitis or polio is caused by the poliovirus which is easily transmitted via feces, food or spit. The infection is harmless most of the time with symptoms similar to common flu. Although some people don’t show symptoms at all, in rare cases, the virus infects the brain and the spinal cord causing serious life-threatening complications like meningitis or muscle weakness/paralysis. There is no cure for polio but there is a polio vaccine.
Vaccines and Immunizations
Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to prevent diseases. A vaccine creates a memory within the immune system that helps it to recognize bacteria and viruses later and then mount a defense against the diseases they can cause.
Babies need extra protection because, regrettably, for some diseases, there are no vaccines. For others, vaccines are not recommended until the baby is 18-months or older.
Please note that Dymla® ONE has not yet been certified in clinical trials for use in clinical environments, such as hospitals and allied health clinics. Despite extensive research supporting its filtration effectiveness, using Dymla® ONE may reduce but not completely eliminate all risk for infections. This is because some infections derive from a complex set of variables plus idiosyncratic human factors.