Pesticide exposure in children

American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Pediatrics
Publication date:
26 November 2012


Roberts JR, Karr CJ (2012) Pesticide exposure in children. Pediatrics 130: e1757 -e1763

This statement presents the position of the American Academy of Pediatrics on child exposure to pesticides. It was developed in conjunction with a technical report which provides a thorough review of the topics presented here: steps that paediatricians should take to identify pesticide poisoning; evaluate patients for pesticide-related illness; provide appropriate treatment; and prevent unnecessary exposure and poisoning. Recommendations for a regulatory agenda are also provided, recognising the role of federal agencies in ensuring the safety of children while balancing the positive attributes of pesticides.  toxicity