Environmental factors often overlooked when it comes to children’s health

MADISON, Wisconsin – From annual exams to water and air quality, a number of factors impact a child’s health. As families focus on developing healthy habits, it’s the environmental impacts that are often overlooked, and SSSM Health Director of Nursing Veronica Scott-Fulton wants to highlight what you can control.

“We feel like we have no control over some of the things that go on in the community,” says Scott-Fulton. “Yes, you do. You need to make sure that you are involved. You know what is around you. You know which stores are coming. We just need to make sure that we know what is happening in our community that is going to affect not only our children but their health. “

Scott-Fulton notes that families should be aware of common household issues, such as lead paint, radon, or water contaminants, but also encourages making sure your home has good air circulation because allergens or particles in the air can lead to asthma or trigger an attack. She also says that while you can’t control things like water and air quality, you can control your family’s access to safe outdoor spaces, and the time you spend together as a family. that family bond is essential to the physical and social development of a child.

Our Time for Kids: Recipe for Health team asks what you want to hear. Let us know what health topics interest you, or share your family’s health story with us, online at ssmhealth.com/timeforkids.