Easing Toxic Stress in Children Prevents Long-Term ImpactAugust 1, 2018 |
by Kate Vidinsky
Homelessness, neglect, malnutrition, or forced parent-child separation have long been known to cause toxic stress levels in childhood that harm developing brains and bodies.
Two decades ago, the link between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and long-lasting health effects surfaced in a pivotal study. Now, clinicians and researchers are taking a deep dive into how the stress produced by these experiences influences lifelong changes in children’s genetics and health, while developing tools to combat negative health outcomes.