Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit



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Section I:  Anticipatory Guidance and Environmental Health

What Is Anticipatory Guidance?


Anticipatory guidance is given by the health care provider to assist parents or guardians in the understanding of the expected growth and development of their children.  


Anticipatory guidance, specific to the age of the patient, includes information about the benefits of healthy lifestyles and practices that promote injury and disease prevention.


Common examples of anticipatory guidance include reminding parents to have their children use bicycle helmets and to use sunscreen.


Most physicians realize the importance of anticipatory guidance despite the serious time limitation they have.