New research looks at how toxic stress can affect children`s health

- by Allison Dunfield

Research has increasingly shown how ongoing stress during early childhood — from grinding poverty, neglect, parents' substance abuse and other adversity — can smoulder beneath the skin, harming kids' brains and other body systems.

But many mental health experts are making an effort to help children cope with stress before it reaches the toxic level and are increasingly adopting what is called "trauma-informed" care.

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