Adverse Health Effects amongst Pediatric Population from Environmental Toxins
Keywords:Environmental Toxins, Health Science, Pediatrics
Children are uniquely sensitive to harmful environmental toxins, which can have a lifelong impact on brain development and behavioral functions (National Research Council, 1993). Children’s immature and undeveloped bodies are especially vulnerable to toxins, due to their physical and biological differences compared to adults. Adolescents are simply not little adults (Landrigan & Goldman, 2018). Therefore, implementation of the U.S. Government regulations is crucial to protect pediatrics, and to educate parents and caregivers about the risk and dangers of environmental toxins. Common and toxic environmental toxins that can be encountered daily include; pesticides, lead, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), Bisphenol A (BPA), and talc. These frequent and harmful chemicals are often non-regulated, and are constantly persisting in our environment, posing adverse health effects on human health and development (Landrigan & Goldman, 2018).
Faculty Mentor: Anita N. Lee, D.P.E