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.