American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued a call to limit exposures during the most susceptible period of life. See link to full report below.

Some excerpts from the report:
“Epidemiologic evidence demonstrates associations between early life exposure to pesticides and pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems,” stated the American Academy of Pediatrics in a 120-page document authored by the AAP’s Council on Environmental Health, led by James Roberts, MD, MPH, and Catherine J. Karr, MD, PhD. “Recognizing and reducing problematic exposures will require attention to current inadequacies in medical training, public health tracking, and regulatory action on pesticides.”

The findings mirrored the work of other medical bodies in Canada and elsewhere that have long found associations between pesticides – insect and weed killer and fungicides – and negative impacts on children.
“Parents can reduce pesticide exposure by aiming to control pests in homes and gardens in the least toxic ways,” said dietician Denise Reynolds. “Families should avoid using lawn products that combine pesticides and synthetic fertilizers because use of these products tends to result in over-application of pesticides.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics called for increased research in addition to immediate action.
The report describes many of the symptoms associated with exposure to various classes of pesticides. For the weed-killers most commonly found in American the issues include skin irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches and general confusion – all common maladies that are often misdiagnosed by parents and health care professionals. Children are often exposed by their parents or their neighbors at their own homes, or at schools and playgrounds where pesticides are still allowed.

The vast majority of Canada has banned pesticides around schools and public parks; several U.S. communities have followed suit, but only on public property.

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