Impact of Lead on Infants and Fetuses

Sources of Lead Contamination

Lead aggressively attacks fetuses, infants, and children, because the body absorbs lead most efficiently during times of rapid growth. Lead readily transfers across the placenta, inflicting severe damage on the developing fetal nervous system.

Infants and young children absorb five to ten times as much lead as adults do. One out of every six children between the ages of six months and five years, and one out of every nine fetuses, are exposed to threatening levels of lead.

Lead absorption increases when the diet lacks adequate nutrition. Since many of the foods children eat nowadays are nutrient deficient, lead absorption is a problem to be seriously concerned about.

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