Environmental hazards are among the top health concerns many parents have for their children. Furthermore, children are often more vulnerable than adults to hazards in the environment because they breathe more air, consume more food and drink more water than adults do, in proportion to their weight. The brief summaries provided here compile information from the AAP’s Pediatric Environmental Health policy manual, policy documents and other resources. Learn the key points and receive clinical guidance on the important child health topics below.

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This document was supported in part through cooperative agreement OT18-1802 awarded to the American Academy of Pediatrics and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The contents of this publication are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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