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Chemicals and children's health



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Chemicals can enter our bodies through the food and water we consume, the air we breathe, and the household products we use. Emerging science shows that the timing of exposure to toxic chemicals is critical in determining the resulting health impacts and that children are more vulnerable to the effects of these chemicals. Many programs and policies, both nationally and locally, are being established to protect children.

Children consume more food and intake more air on a per pound basis when compared to an adult, making their developing bodies more vulnerable to the effects of toxic chemicals. Children can become exposed to chemicals in various ways - through food, personal care products, food packaging and even through toys.Read>
Dozens of everyday products are made with plastics. There are many kinds of plastics and can be easily identified based on the number assigned to them. For instance, the popular disposable water bottles are made of polyethylene terephthalate (PETE) and are assigned the number 1. Certain plastics have additional synthetic chemical additives that can sometimes leach out and harm infants and young children.Read>
Some children's products, such as toys, bottles and jewelry contain chemicals such as heavy metals or hormone mimicking synthetic chemicals. For instance, one class of chemicals called phthalates are popularly used to soften polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic designated by the number 3. The types and quantities of chemicals and their resulting health impacts can vary significantly. Since children are in crucial development stage, they are exceptionally vulnerable to the effects of these chemicals.Read>