Healthy Environments Make Healthy Children

When you have children, environmental health concerns become more apparent. What’s in the air? What’s in the water? What kind of dangerous chemicals are in the cleaning products and personal care products? reports that a National Institutes of Health study will follow more than 100,000 children from birth to age 21 to see how their environments impact their health.

Louise Flick, principal investigator, says, “The purpose is to look at environmental exposures and their effects on child health. “For example, we don’t know very much at all about what causes autism. There are many hypotheses about environmental causes, and if this does not provide us with the answers, at least it will give us better questions.”

According to the World Health Organization, more than 33 percent of diseases in children under age 5 are caused by environmental exposure. Asthma and allergies are two of the most common childhood diseases.

If you are expecting a child, it’s important to start thinking about your home environment as soon as possible. See Creating a Healthy Nursery for more information.

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