children's health

Are Environmental Toxins Haunting Our Kids?

Ghosts and ghouls aren’t the only things children should be scared of during the spooky Halloween season. October is Children’s Environmental Health Month. There are many environmental hazards and toxins that kids are exposed to daily that are far scarier than ghosts and ghouls, and many are invisible to parents. 

Children's health and the environment


Why are children more vulnerable to their environment?

There are a variety of reasons children are especially vulnerable when it comes to toxins and other hazards they may encounter in their environment:

What environmental factors affect health?

It’s not just what you’re exposed to that matters

The truth is, it’s challenging to pin down exactly what factors cause an environmental health problem. Health problems related to the environment are complex and develop for a variety of reasons, including how likely a person’s genes are to develop a disease or condition (scientists call this genetic susceptibility). What we do know is that an environmental health problem is likely linked to physical, biological and even economic factors.