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April 2013 • #49
A Note from the Medical Editor
Part of keeping children safe includes protecting them from harmful substances in their surroundings. When making sure your home is safe, you make a conscious effort to keep your child away from potential poisons such as medication, laundry detergent, and cleaners. Keeping your outside environment safe is key to ensuring your children healthy and injury-free when playing outdoors. Remember, the chemicals you use to get rid of unwanted critters may also pose serious health risks and should be kept well out of a child’s reach. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a policy statement calling for the government to improve warning labels on pesticides and set goals to reduce our children's overall exposure to them.
~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor,
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