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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2001 Oct;48(5):1129-52, viii.

Is the water safe for my baby?

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  • 1Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health and Health Services, George Washington University, Washington, District of Columbia, USA.


Children's behavior and physiology place them at unique risk from waterborne microbial and chemical contaminants. This article reveals children's susceptibility factors and the microbial and chemical contaminants of greatest importance to this age group. It also provides a primer on water treatment and alternatives to tap water. This article concludes with recommendations and resources to aid the practicing pediatrician in addressing patient concerns about drinking water.

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