You’ve probably heard the expression, “Children are not little adults.” This has never been truer than when it comes to dealing with environmental health issues. Because children are smaller, developing and changing rapidly, and exploring their surroundings with never-ending curiosity, they are more susceptible than adults to toxins in their environment. Consider this:
- Toxins in the home account for more than 90% of all reported poisonings each year, with calls coming into the U.S. Poison Control Center every 8 seconds. Children (aged 5 and under) comprise 52% of these calls (American Association of Poison Control Centers, 2009).