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Why is the focus on young children?

Young children, especially those younger than 3 years old, are at a higher risk for lead exposure and its effects because:

  • They often put their hands and objects in their mouths.
  • They sometimes swallow non-food items.
  • Their bodies absorb lead at a higher rate.
  • Their brains are developing quickly.
  • Lead exposure can have detrimental effects on early childhood development and children’s future outcomes.
  • A pregnant woman who is exposed to lead can pass it to her baby.
  • Lead can also be passed to a baby through the mother’s breast milk.
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