Toxic Stress in Children
Toxic stress in children is described as strong, frequent, and/or prolonged adversity, particularly during childhood, that can affect brain architecture and chemistry.
Toxic stress puts a child at risk of negative physical, mental, and behavioral health outcomes. Childhood toxicity is a significant root cause of chronic illness and early death. Developmental, behavioral, educational, and family problems in childhood can have both lifelong and intergenerational effects.
Assuring healthy development of children is essential, and preventing early adversity is crucial in ensuring a child develops proper brain connections through their everyday experiences.
Join Dr N. Thiyagar, a paediatrician with 23 years of experience, and Department Head at Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah, Alor Setar, as he walks us through this topic. Learn how we can identify toxic stress in children, its effects, prevention and treatment.
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass (1817–1895)