Racism has devastating effects on children’s health, pediatricians warn

”Pediatricians are uniquely positioned to both prevent and mitigate the consequences of racism,” a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says. (iStock)

”Pediatricians are uniquely positioned to both prevent and mitigate the consequences of racism,” a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says. (iStock)

The nation’s largest group of pediatricians warned this week that racism can have devastating long-term effects on children’s health.

A policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics is the first it has issued to its members on the dangers of racism. Doctors involved in the report said the current political and cultural atmosphere makes the work more urgent.

“If you look at what’s in the news today, in social media, on Twitter, there’s so much kids are exposed to,” said Jackie Douge, a pediatrician with the Howard County Health Department who co-wrote the statement. “As much as you want to keep it in the background, it’s not in the background. It’s having direct health effects on kids.” . . .

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