Children's environmental health: An under-recognised area in paediatric health care

Gavidia, Tania G., Pronczuk de Garbino, Jenny and Sly, Peter D. (2009) Children's environmental health: An under-recognised area in paediatric health care. BMC Pediatrics, 9 . doi:10.1186/1471-2431-9-10

Author Gavidia, Tania G.
Pronczuk de Garbino, Jenny
Sly, Peter D.
Title Children's environmental health: An under-recognised area in paediatric health care
Journal name BMC Pediatrics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-2431
Publication date 2009-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/1471-2431-9-10
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 9
Total pages 4
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The knowledge that the environment in which we live, grow and play, can have negative or positive impacts on our health and development is not new. However the recognition that adverse environments can significantly and specifically affect the growth and development of a child from early intrauterine life through to adolescence, as well as impact their health later in adulthood, is relatively recent and has not fully reached health care providers involved in paediatric care.

Over the past 15 years, world declarations and statements on children's rights, sustainable development, chemical safety and most recently climate change, have succeeded in cultivating a global focus on children's health and their right to a healthy environment. Many international calls for research in the area, have also been able to identify patterns of environmental diseases in children, assess children's exposures to many environmental toxicants, identify developmental periods of vulnerability, and quantify the cost benefits to public health systems and beyond, of addressing environmentally related diseases in children. Transferring this information to front-line health care providers and increasing their awareness about the global burden of disease attributed to the environment and children's especial vulnerability to environmental threats is the salient aim of this commentary.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Published under Commentary. Article # 10.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
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