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AAP Recommends Reducing Exposure To Pesticides

From the show: Healthy Children
Dr. Catherine Karr, MD
Guest Bio
Guest Bio: Dr. Catherine Karr, MD
2012 headshot catherine carr resizedCatherine Karr is an academic pediatrician, environmental health researcher, and director of the Northwest Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU). She is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington. Her special research interests include the effects of outdoor air pollution & indoor air pollution as well as agricultural factors on child respiratory health and global childrenʼs environmental health. She is involved in primary care pediatrics at the UW Pediatric Care Center.


Prenatal and early childhood exposure to dangerous pesticides can be associated with pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function and behavioral problems.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, recognizing and reducing children’s exposure to pesticides will require improved medical training, public health tracking, and parent vigilance.

Listen to learn what resources are available for both treatment of acute poisoning and addressing lower-dose chronic-exposures in children; as well as a guide to understand pesticide labeling.

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