Pediatricians Say to Minimize Pesticide Exposure

Good for the American Academy of Pediatrics. I am not aware of previous instances where a group representing the medical establishment has advocated for this.

Children should have as little exposure to pesticides as possible, the American Academy of Pediatrics urged.

A policy statement and technical report from the organization outlined steps for pediatricians to identify pesticide poisoning, evaluate for pesticide-related illness, provide appropriate treatment, and help prevent unnecessary exposure and poisoning.

“Children encounter pesticides daily and have unique susceptibilities to their potential toxicity,” James Roberts, MD, MPH, and colleagues wrote in the December issue of Pediatrics.

Household insecticides, pet flea and tick chemicals, and agricultural pesticide residues are all hazards but may not constitute the biggest impact.

“For many children, diet may be the most influential source,” the statement noted.

It pointed to an organic food intervention study that cut pesticides out of the diet, which showed “drastic and immediate decrease in urinary excretion of pesticide metabolites.”