The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued guidelines for acute and chronic pesticide exposure in children.
Over the years the health concerns relating to certain pesticides including Monsanto’s glyphosphate based Roundup has been growing.
The policy statement, “Pesticide Exposure in Children,” and an accompanying technical report are published in the December 2012 issue of Pediatrics and can be accessed here.
Prenatal and early childhood exposure to pesticides is associated with pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function and behavioral problems. According to the AAP, recognizing and reducing children’s exposure to pesticides will require improved medical training, public health tracking, and regulatory approaches. The APA in particular highlights the chronic exposure to pesticides and their side effects including the associations to pediatric cancer and adverse neurodevelopment.
Birth cohort studies in the United States link early-life exposure to organophosphate insecticides with reductions in IQ and abnormal behaviors associated with attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder and autism.
The AAP specifies that pediatricians should become familiar with the effects of acute and chronic exposures to pesticides; learn what resources are available for both treatment of acute poisoning and addressing lower dose chronic exposures in children; and understand pesticide labeling.