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New online resource for clinicians: Environmental Health
Kathy Attar, MPH
July 18, 2017
Over 90% of people in the U.S. have the harmful chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) in their bodies. What strategies can clinicians recommend to help reduce exposures to this toxic chemical?
Clinicians can now access the updated Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit (PEHT) to learn simple, evidenced-based steps their patients can take to reduce toxic exposures in their daily lives. The PEHT is a clinical tool designed to provide guidance to both providers and patients on preventing exposures to toxic chemicals (such as BPA, mercury and pesticides) and other substances that may affect child health and identifies critical developmental stages and opportunities for age-appropriate intervention during well-child visits.
For example, for BPA the PEHT recommends patients:
- When possible, purchase items that are BPA free (read the labels).
- Use glass containers when practical is preferable for infant drinking formula or other liquids.
- Minimize personal care product use containing BPA.
- Minimize handling of thermal paper receipts and wash hands after holding them
The PEHT was initially developed in 2006 by The Greater Boston and San Francisco Bay Area chapters of PSR, in partnership with the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) at the University of California, San Francisco, and a team of pediatricians from around the country. In 2017 PSR and the PEHSUs updated the PEHT, and launched a mobile-device-ready platform. As with the original Toolkit, the new web based version is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and based on the APP "Green Book".
Learn more about this effective, online tool here.