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Formaldehyde from Building Furnishings

A Resource for Health Professionals 

Children are uniquely susceptible to certain environmental toxicants. Infants, toddlers, and children are disproportionately affected due to their smaller size and rapidly developing bodies and systems. Proximity to the toxicant, such as crawling infants and toddlers having increased exposure to toxicants on the floor or ground, may bring them closer to the hazard. Health professionals are encouraged to follow the guidance below to help navigate discussions with patients and families.

PEHSU Factsheet: Formaldehyde

 Formaldehyde posted on Aug 26, 2021
 Health Effects Associated with Formaldehyde Exposure posted on Aug 26, 2021
 Recommendations to Reduce Potential Exposure posted on Aug 26, 2021
 Testing children if there is an exposure concern posted on Aug 26, 2021
 Advising families on indoor air testing posted on Aug 26, 2021

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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.

Last updated: April 2015