Toxic Lead Exposure Threatens Childhood Development
Even low levels of lead exposure can have serious consequences for children, including developmental delays, reduced IQ, and behavioral problems. Lead exposure can also contribute to physical symptoms such as abdominal pain, fatigue, and constipation. Children are particularly vulnerable to lead exposure because they absorb lead more easily than adults and their developing brains and nervous systems are more susceptible to the toxic effects of lead. Lead exposure can occur from a range of sources, including lead-based paint, contaminated soil and water, and leaded products such as toys and jewelry.