You protect your children from all of life’s challenges and dangers. Why should the ones we don’t see be any different?

Young developing children are a product of their environment. And when their surroundings contain dangerous hazards such as Persistent Organic Pollutants(POPs), it’s important to educate and protect them from ever falling into harm’s way.

POPs and Children

Exposure to Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) at high levels or over long periods may cause developmental, behavioural, neurological, endocrine, and immunological health effects in children. Children are also particularly susceptible to some of these health implications due to their different stages in development. Please take every step to be aware of the dangers that can arise from your children’s exposure to POPs. Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) can be found in food, water, and consumer goods such as cleaning products, furniture and paint, which are found in nearly all households. If you are not fully aware of the dangers that can arise from POPs exposure, it means that children can be at risk whenever they eat, play, or sleep.

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Cómo Children están siendo afectadas por los COPs

As the most vulnerable groups among us, parents and guardians have a responsibility to protect their children’s happiness and well-being. This means eliminating chances of contact with toxic chemicals that can be found in many household items. Children are less aware of health risks, and even a simple act such as putting their hands in their mouths, or playing in a dirty area outside can potentially expose them to chemical contamination. Exposure can be through consumer goods such as furniture, household pesticides, and even clothing (such as sleepwear). All caretakers must be vigilant and put measures in place to ensure child safety. Our actions today can determine the quality of life our children can have tomorrow. Make the effort to eliminate the risk of dangerous pollutants from their lives for good!

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Children, safeguard yourselves!

For children, the threat of POPs can begin from conception. Mothers who have concentrated traces of POPs in their system can pass it onto their babies through the placenta and breast milk. As a vulnerable group, if children are affected by POPs it can lead to developmental setbacks, illness, and disabilities that can have a lifelong impact. Follow these simple tips to protect yourself from POPs:
  • Cook meats in a way that allows the fat to drain off to reduce the ingestion of lipophilic (fat-loving) chemicals such as PBDEs
  • Avoid the burning of copper wires and direct inhalation of emissions. Children should not play in areas where copper wire burning is practiced.
  • Fast food wrappers, grease-proof and stain-resistant fast-food wrappers used in the food and beverage industry may contain PFOS.
  • Eating the same type of potentially contaminated food (treated continuously with the same pesticide) can increase susceptibility to associated health implications.
  • Choose consumer goods that are less likely to contain brominated flame retardants.

Children, Reduce your exposure today!

Eche un vistazo a algunos de los contaminantes orgánicos persistentes (COP) que pueden afectar su salud y bienestar.

By reducing your exposure to these pollutants, you are safeguarding yourself, taking an active role in the health of your loved ones and playing a greater role in the community at large by stopping these hazards before they can hurt others.
At and around your household, you and your family may be exposed to a variety of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) including the Brominated Flame Retardants: PBDEs & HBCD. These chemicals have been found to have fatal consequences on our health and the environment.
Whether you are on a farm spraying your crops or at the grocery store shopping for produce, you may be in contact with Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) including Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Pesticides and not even know it. Health effects that have been associated with chemical pesticides include negative impacts to the dermatological, gastrointestinal, neurological,...
In your backyard or even at the dinner table, you may be in contact with Unintentional Persistent Organic Pollutants (UPOPs) and not even know it. Short-term exposure of humans to high levels of UPOPs may result in skin lesions such as chloracne, patchy darkening of the skin, and altered liver function.
If you live or work near sites where PCB oils have been used or stored (such as power generation stations or transformer storage sites) you may be exposed to Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) called PCBs and not even know it. PCBs have demonstrated effects such as cancer in animals and other negative effects on the...
There are few contaminants that have been found around the world like Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS). Used in many popular consumer goods such as stain-resistant carpets, Teflon pans, and cardboard boxes, PFOS has infiltrated our soils, air and water sources, becoming a serious threat to our health and to wildlife.

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