Children's Environmental Health

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Children interact with our environment much differently than adults do, which is why children’s environmental health is so important. As their bodies rapidly grow and develop, they breathe in more air and take in more food and liquids in proportion to their body weight than adults. They also have more physical contact with the environment than adults, as they touch things around them with their hands and mouths.

Understanding the potential health hazards in our environment – such as lead in paint, contaminants in drinking water, chemicals in children’s products, carbon monoxide and other pollutants, and even contaminants in recreational water – is the first step to ensuring a healthy environment for children. Parents, caregivers, and child care providers can learn about potential environmental hazards to children and best practices for preventing exposure.

Contact Information

Environmental Health Division
Phone: 802-863-7220 or
800-439-8550 (toll-free in Vermont)
Fax: 802-863-7483

AHS.VDHEnvHealth@Vermont.gov

In This Section

There are many chemicals in our environment. Some of them are used in products we all use, including children’s products. Vermont prioritizes protecting public health and the environment.

Children who have lead poisoning don’t look or act sick. But lead can cause serious health problems.

The Healthy Homes Lead Poisoning Prevention Program works with health care providers to ensure that all children are tested for lead.

Children interact with our environment much differently than adults do, which is why children’s environmental health is so important.