Preventing Childhood Lead Poisoning

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Abstract

Lead poisoning is a serious but preventable childhood disease, caused by exposure to lead, which is found primarily in paint, soil, and household dust. Children come in contact with these sources of lead during normal indoor and outdoor play. Lead is especially dangerous to children under 7 years of age because this is a critical phase in the development of their neurological system. The implications of lead poisoning are vast, as the neurological damage it causes can lead to such problems as learning disabilities and emotional disturbances. Lead poisoning can damage a young child’s developing brain and nervous system, leading to reduced IQ and behavioral disabilities. Consequently, lead poisoning is associated with poor school performance and delinquent behavior.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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