A network of experts in reproductive and children’s environmental health

CDC/ATSDR Reproductive and Pediatric Environmental Health Resources

These children’s environmental health sites and publications provide information regarding specific environmental health issues, and are great places to go to learn more if you are concerned about a certain environmental exposure or health condition. We invite you to search the sites, browse the collections, and share them with others. Some are designed for general reading, others are more technical. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Homepage: http://www.cdc.gov

Radiation Emergency Training
Web-based training to teach radiation emergency fundamentals to medical toxicologists and other professionals
Flood Response Resources
In 2013, The White House Hurricane Sandy Task Force sought to harmonize flood clean-up guidance across federal agencies to preclude mixed messages to the public. This led to the development of the National Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Indoor Environmental Pollutants Work Group. In 2015, we completed the harmonized federal agency guidelines for mold remediation (i.e., Homeowner’s and Renter’s Guide to Mold Clean-up after Disasters). This document was the culmination of 2 years of meetings and providing supporting literature for recommendations.
Homeowner’s and Renter’s Guide to Mold Cleanup After Disasters (English website | Spanish website | Vietnamese PDF)
Flooding and Mold Activity Book for Children (English | Spanish)
Learn the Signs. Act Early. - Milestones Tracker Mobile App
Mobile app created to track childhood developmental milestones from age 2 months to 5 years. The app includes checklists, photos, videos, and tips for parents.
Radiation and Pregnancy: Information for Clinicians
The CDC has created a fact sheet on the prenatal effects of ionizing radiation of interest when discussing diagnostic imaging with pregnant patients. It is based on the latest evidence assessed by the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements in report number 174. This document is available as PDF and online. You may find additional information regarding radiation and your health on the CDC website. 
Radiation and Pregnancy: Information for Clinicians Download (PDF | Website Version)
Ready Wrigley Activity Books
CDC health communicators and scientists have created a series of childrens' activity books that follow a cartoon, Ready Wrigley, in preparing families for emergencies. These books cover a variety of topics, such as mosquitos, hurricanes, extreme heat or cold, tornadoes, flooding and mold, and flu season. Many of these books are also available in Spanish.
Ready Wrigley Books for preparing families for emergencies (Website)

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Home page: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov

ATSDR en Español: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/es/index.html

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is a federal public health agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ATSDR's mission is to serve the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and disease related exposures to toxic substances.

Answers to“Frequently Asked Questions”

Tox Profiles
The hazardous substances profiled here are ranked based on frequency of occurrence at National Priorities List (NPL) sites, toxicity, and potential for human exposure.

Chemical Agent Briefing Sheets
The ToxFAQs™ CABS provide current and relevant scientific information on high profile hazardous materials that people may encounter during daily activities. 

Interaction Profiles for Hazardous Substances 
Describes the health effects when certain substances are combined.

Medical Management Guidelines
These guidelines aid emergency department physicians and other emergency healthcare professionals who manage acute exposures resulting from chemical incidents. 

Public Health Statements
Information in a question and answer format which address the most frequently asked questions about exposure to hazardous substances found around hazardous waste sites and the effects of exposure on human health.

Taking an Exposure History
Information in case study format intended to increase primary care provider's knowledge of hazardous substances exposures and to promote adoption of practices in evaluation and care of potentially exposed patients. 
An Overview of Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances and Interim Guidance for Clinicians Responding to Patient Exposure
These interim guidelines aid physicians and other clinicians to consult patients on chemicals, health effects, and suggested answers regarding perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)

The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) are supported by cooperative agreement FAIN: NU61TS000296 with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also provides support through Inter-Agency Agreement DW-75-95877701 with CDC/ATSDR. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports the PEHSUs as the National Program Office. The content on this website has not been formally disseminated by CDC/ATSDR or the EPA and should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy. Use of trade names that may be mentioned is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the CDC/ATSDR or EPA.

The information contained on this website should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your/your child’s primary care provider. There may be variations in treatment that your provider may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.