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Children may be more vulnerable to environmental exposures than adults because:

  • Their bodily systems are still developing
  • They eat more, drink more, and breathe more in proportion to their body size
  • Their behavior can expose them more to chemicals and organisms

EPA views childhood as a sequence of life stages from conception through fetal development, infancy, and adolescence.

Protecting children’s health from environmental risks is fundamental to EPA’s mission. Get the facts about children’s environmental health.

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