New Chapter in Rudolph's: Childhood Adversity and Toxic Stress

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Research on the biology of stress shows that traumatic experiences during early childhood development from extreme poverty, abuse, and neglect can affect the way the genome is read, the development of the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis, and the way the developing brain is wired, negatively impacting learning, behavior, and health in children as well as result in serious health problems throughout adulthood and early death. Understanding the ways in which adversity affects development and growth can help the pediatric provider mitigate the influence of traumatic exposures in children and shore up community resources that promote resiliency and protect against some of the negative lifelong consequences of childhood trauma.

Learn more about the clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of toxic stress in the new chapter of Rudolph’s Pediatrics, 23rd Edition.§ionid=163514042