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Why worry about where they play?
Young children are vulnerable
Young children and the unborn are especially vulnerable to many kinds of harmful chemicals.
- Children eat, drink and breathe more per pound of body weight than adults.
- Children’s organs and systems are continuously developing as they grow. Chemical exposure at certain points can have lifetime effects.
- Their behaviors are very different from adults. They put hands and objects in their mouths, live closer to the ground and have been known to eat dirt.
- Pesticide exposure to the very young can have immediate and long term health consequences.
Prevent unnecessary exposure to pesticides
- Studies of the long‐term health effects of pesticide exposures in children are lacking, particularly for low‐level exposures originating from food and the environment.
- However, studies conducted in a variety of settings have shown the potential for a number of long‐term health effects: cancers, nervous system effects and reproductive effects for both mothers and fathers. See the Pesticides Literature Review, the Ontario College of Family Physicians (PDF) for a summary.
Our environment is vulnerable
How to worry less – take a precautionary approach
In public places choose a play area that is managed with few to no pesticides.
At home, try:
At school or child care, you can ask about their pesticide use policy.