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Australia’s fires are hitting kids hardest. Bushfire smoke contains toxic particles that have been shown to impact the mental development of children. Meanwhile, emergency room visits for kids with trouble breathing have swelled.

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  • As I've watched bushfire smoke take over entire swaths of southeast Australia, my first thought has been for children, whose bodies are more vulnerable to the health effects of toxic fine particles contained in the smoke than adults. I spoke to pediatricians in one of the largest tertiary health facility

    As I've watched bushfire smoke take over entire swaths of southeast Australia, my first thought has been for children, whose bodies are more vulnerable to the health effects of toxic fine particles contained in the smoke than adults. I spoke to pediatricians in one of the largest tertiary health facility in Sydney, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, about whether they've seen an impact in their emergency rooms.