Pollution and Infant Health

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In this article, I review recent research showing that even relatively low levels of pollution can affect infants' health. This research attempts to go beyond documenting correlations by using sharp changes in pollution levels, carefully selecting control groups (including unexposed siblings as controls for exposed children), and considering behavioral responses to pollution such as maternal mobility. Poor and minority children are more likely to be affected, and differential exposure could be responsible for some of the observed group-level differences in health at birth. Policy makers concerned about the roots of inequality should consider the role played by environmental exposures of pregnant mothers. Child Development Perspectives

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-242
Number of pages6
JournalChild Development Perspectives
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


  • Air pollution
  • Environmental justice
  • Infant health
  • Low birthweight
  • Superfund
  • Toxics


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