It is a known fact that children are more prone to the harmful effects of chemicals as compared to adults. Since they are still developing and their bodies are growing, most chemicals can easily intrude and interfere with the development of their normal brains as well as other organs in the body. This is very crucial during the stages of their development, thus any disruption is critical and produces negative results during adulthood.
Another revelation is that, the bodies of these young children are still producing or still about to produce detoxifying enzymes that helps adults to get rid of some chemicals produced by pesticides like the organophosphate chemical. In essence, these young ones still do not have the enzymes to fight these harmful chemicals derived from toxic pesticides.
According to an article in The Daily Green, there is a research by the University of California – Berkeley students published in Environmental Health Perspectives and publicized by Beyond Pesticides, didn’t discover the importance of this enzyme. But it showed that children have low levels of paraoxonase 1 — one-third or less that of their mothers — far longer into childhood than previously thought. Whereas it was thought the levels of enzyme approached adult levels by age 2, the new research suggests children remain uniquely susceptible until age 7. (The enzyme may also be important in warding off other types of disease, from asthma to obesity and cardiovascular disease, the study’s authors said.)
The study’s authors said that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should take heed and adjust its calculations for childhood health risk to pesticide exposure. The EPA has only in the past decade or so even considered the unique vulnerabilities of children when approving chemicals for use.
These pesticides especially the organophosphate usually attack the nervous systems of pests thus, these are used in farms and other homes to get rid of cockroaches, mosquitoes, ants and garden pests. Just like the rest of the pesticides, its use and effects to human health cannot be taken lightly. Overemphasis to its prevention and discontinuing its use still prevails.
With these facts, here are some ways to protect children from pesticide exposure:
- As much as possible, avoid the use of pesticides at home. Try to choose the least-toxic approach in killing and annihilating common household pests.
- Look for natural repellants and stop the use of harsher manmade chemicals if you can,