researchers have come to recognize that a broad array of conditions in
childhood are influenced by many different environmental contaminants.
|Experts in the
field of children’s environmental health sometimes refer to the “new
pediatric morbidity” when discussing child health trends for which
environmental factors may be contributing causes (Landrigan et al, 1998).
traditional measures or indicators of child health, such as infant mortality
or infectious diseases, they look at trends in respiratory health (especially
asthma), cancer, neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioural outcomes and various
reproductive and developmental indicators such as fertility rates or birth
defects. The items listed here include health conditions such as asthma and
respiratory problems, childhood cancers and learning disabilities, among
|The child environmental
burden of illness is increasing in Canada and other industrialized