How ACEs impact a child‘s health.
Adverse Childhood Experiences build and lead to ongoing stress — known as toxic stress or trauma. Toxic stress activates a child‘s fight or flight response, which can result in a flood of stress hormones impacting a child‘s developing brain, metabolic regulatory systems, and cardiovascular system. The result is that children may have difficulty paying attention, remembering facts, or fighting illnesses. Children with multiple ACEs often have low academic scores and can turn to substance abuse, eating disorders, or other poor health behaviors as a way to cope or protect themselves.