Parents, beware of lead in your children’s toysby Paola Battista - 2013.10.22
Parents, some toys can damage your children's mental health! According to WHO, in fact, lead poisoning is tied to 600,000 new cases of children with intellectual disabilities every year. Shocking data, revealed on the occasion of the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (20-26 October 2013), in order to raise awareness on the devastating health consequences of its exposure, which damages both the brain and the central nervous system, causing coma, convulsions and even death. Lead paint is a major source of potential lead poisoning for young children. But the toxic substance may be found also on toys and in the house. Especially in decaying lead paint on walls, furniture and other interior surfaces creates lead-contaminated dust in the home that young children easily ingest. When they survive, poisoned children are often left with intellectual impairment, reduced educational attainment and behavioral disorders. According to WHO worldwide 30 countries have already phased out the use of lead paint. The Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint, co-led by WHO and UNEP, has set a target of 70 countries by 2015.
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