Lead accumulates inside the body. In children, lead exposure is particularly dangerous because of the small size of a child and the fragility of their developing nervous system. Growing children absorb lead rapidly and have not yet developed sufficient mechanisms to expel lead form the body.
Lead exposure, even in low doses, can have a severe impact on child brain development. Lead is known to interfere with cellular growth and can damage the cortex and frontal lobes, which are the areas of the brain most sensitive to lead toxicity.
Common sources of lead include:
- drinking water;
- lead paint; and
- contaminated soil.
The impact of lead exposure turns primarily on:
- Amount: How much lead exposure
- Duration: Length of lead exposure
- Age: More harm in younger children
- Individual: Individual risk factors, including iron and calcium deficiencies
Children exposed to lead may exhibit:
- slow reaction times;
- behavior problems;
- developmental delays;
- attention deficit disorders;
- poor balance;
- hearing loss; and
- diminished intellectual capacity.
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