Children's Environmental Health

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Children interact with our environment much differently than adults do, which is why children’s environmental health is so important. As their bodies rapidly grow and develop, they breathe in more air and take in more food and liquids in proportion to their body weight than adults. They also have more physical contact with the environment than adults, as they touch things around them with their hands and mouths.

Understanding the potential health hazards in our environmentsuch as lead in paint, contaminants in water, chemicals in children’s products, and pollutants in indoor airis the first step to ensuring a healthy environment for children. Parents, expecting parents, caregivers and child care providers can learn about potential environmental hazards to children and best practices for preventing exposure. Go to the Environmental Health Guide for Parents and Child Care Providers

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Contact Information

Environmental Health Division
Phone: 802-863-7220 or
800-439-8550 (toll-free in Vermont)
Fax: 802-863-7483

AHS.VDHEnvHealth@Vermont.gov

In This Section

While a major source of lead exposure in Vermont children is paint, lead in older plumbing and fixtures can add to a child’s overall lead exposure.

While a major source of lead poisoning in Vermont children is paint , lead in older plumbing, pipes and fixtures can add to a child’s overall lead exposure.

Manufacturers who use chemicals designated by the State of Vermont as Chemicals of High Concern to Children, must report information about these chemicals to the Health Department.

There are many chemicals in our environment. Some of them are in products we all use—including children’s products.

There is no safe level of lead in the body. Lead can harm anyone, but babies, young children and pregnant women are at special risk.

The Healthy Homes Lead Poisoning Prevention Program works with health care providers to ensure that all 1- and 2-year old children are tested for lead.

Children interact with our environment much differently than adults do and continue to grow and develop, which is why children’s environmental health is so important.