Pediatricians Call for IPM
Pediatricians agree: pesticides and kids don't mix.
A report released earlier this week by the American Academy of Pediatrics conveyed their position on pesticides and the evidence linking children’s pesticide exposure to “…pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems.” The report identified home pesticide use, use on lawns and public spaces, and diet as some of the primary pathways for exposure in children.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is chief among the strategies the report recommends for preventing exposure. The report’s other recommendations to the medical and regulatory communities include: increased pediatric awareness of pesticides and exposure symptoms; easier incident reporting and centralized tracking of exposure cases; improved labeling of “…all product constituents, including inert ingredients, carriers and solvents;” and new label sections that are specific on risks to children.