Children are particularly vulnerable to certain environmental risks, including: air pollution; inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene; hazardous chemicals and waste, radiation; climate change; as well as emerging threats like e-waste. A child’s body may not be able to break down and get rid of harmful contaminants that enter their body. Health problems from an environmental exposure can take years to develop.
Because they are young, children have more time to develop health conditions and diseases than adults who are exposed later in their life.
The New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
is addressing these issues and have the following programs and resources available.
Explore NJAAP Environmental Health Programs
Healthcare ProvidersAdditional Resources
Health care professionals who serve adolescents know that members of this age group have their own particular needs and concerns. Click here to connect to research, professional development opportunities, tools, and other resources to promote the optimum health of, their adolescent patients.
Parents are a key support for teens during this time of growth and reflection. Be aware of the stages of emotional development, and provide clear guidance at each phase. Acknowledge when to give space and independence to teens. Help guide teens to feel good about themselves. Click Here.