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Children's Environmental Health

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare recognizes that children are often more sensitive to environmental pollution than adults because:

  • Pound for pound of body weight, children drink more water, eat more food, and breathe more air than adults.
  • Children are more likely to put their hands in their mouths, exposing them to more contaminants than adults.
  • Children play close to the ground, increasing their exposure to chemicals in dust, soil, water, and air. 
IDHW has information to help address children’s environmental health issues. This information includes tips about how to reduce children’s exposure to lead, radon, mold, carbon monoxide and mercury in fish. Also, if your water comes from a private well click here to find how to test your water and protect you and your family.