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Developing Brains Vulnerable to Lead Exposure

Young children are most vulnerable to the effects of lead and other environmental toxins on the brain. The results can be seen as delays in growth, behavior, and learning, which in turn can have an impact on school success. Information on the structure and growth of the brain, the impact of environmental toxins, how to nurture brain development, and screening to identify delays can be found on these pages.

In Harm's Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development (Exit DHS - Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility) Describes how byproducts of an industrial community are contributing to challenges children face to learn, exercise self-control, and participate respectfully in social groups.

Managing Elevated Blood Lead Levels Among Young Children (Exit DHS - Center for Disease Control)  Developmental Assessment and Interventions references the latest research on the effects of lead on brain development and discusses the need for long-term developmental surveillance of children with a history of lead poisoning.

Developmental Surveillance and Screening of Infants and Young Children (Exit DHS - American Association of Pediatrics; PDF, 132 KB) Provides recommendations for screening infants and young children and intervening with families to identify developmental delays and disabilities in the primary care setting to assure access to early intervention services.

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Last Revised: December 19, 2013