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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2001 Oct;48(5):1185-98, ix.

Pesticides in children.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, USA.


Children are exposed to a wide range of pesticides, including insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and rodenticides. They differ from adults in their exposures and responses to exposures. Acute and chronic toxicity are discussed, and important chronic effects, such as carcinogenesis, endocrine disruption, and neurodevelopment effects are reviewed. The state of laws and regulations are also discussed. Recommendations are made to pediatricians regarding treatment and advising families regarding avoidance of pesticide exposures and their effects.

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