Written by Yakup Gozderesi, Christos Tsagkaris, Anna Eleftheriades, Panagiota Pervanidou
The climate crisis impacts child health, increasing the burden of paediatric healthcare. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the ecological footprint of paediatric healthcare has significantly increased due to the use of personal protective equipment and the provision of large-scale testing and vaccination against COVID-19. The situation calls for coordinated action to make paediatric healthcare more resource-efficient. To achieve this goal, paediatricians should work together with children and parents in order to appropriately minimise the use of electricity, water, paper and plastic and promote environmental sustainability in healthcare and beyond. The present article discusses the main sources of environmental pollution in paediatric healthcare and proposes evidence-based solutions.