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Dependence on Caregivers

Children's immaturity makes them dependent on caregivers.

Because children are largely dependent on caregivers, they are unable to recognize and reduce harmful exposures or remove themselves from hazardous environments.

This could include:

  • Escape/take shelter during a natural disaster
    • NEHA has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control using Hurricane Supplemental Funding for improving public health, child care and building safety in areas impacted by the 2017 hurricanes
  • Exposure to second-hand smoke
  • Exposure to harmful substances through breastmilk or the placental barrier
  • Toxicants present in the home or childcare facility, like lead in paint, water, or dirt