Children’s ProductsLead and other toxics are linked to an array of serious health problems and often find their way into the products our children use everyday.
Lead is a stunningly toxic metal. A long list of health problems are linked to lead exposure, including: lowered intelligence, behavior problems, cancer, strokes, high blood pressure, kidney problems, anemia, cavities, and delayed puberty. It is well known that children are particularly susceptible to the effects of lead, but lead’s effects on adults are also of concern. It’s especially alarming that exposure to lead during pregnancy can impair the intellectual development of a woman’s child. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, lead exposures are “a serious threat to children’s health.” The Academy reiterates what researchers and government agencies have concluded: “there is no ‘safe’ level of lead exposure.” While exposure to lead paint in old houses remains the most significant source of children’s lead exposure, about 30 percent of children with high blood lead levels are exposed to other sources of lead, including toys and other children’s products. This toxic metal should be eliminated wherever possible in anything commonly used in homes and accessible to children.