Pediatricians call for stricter regulations to prevent lead poisoning in children

Depite a dramatic fall in American children's blood levels of lead after it was removed from gasoline, paint, and other consumer products, children are still exposed to the poisonous metal in their homes and communities. So says a leading group of pediatricians as it calls for stricter national regulation and stronger commitment to eliminate sources of lead before exposure occurs.

There is growing evidence that even low levels of lead can cause irreversible mental damage and behavioral problems, explain the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), as they urge policy makers and practitioners to increase efforts to protect children from lead poisoning.

In a new policy statement published in the journal Pediatrics, the AAP call for stricter regulation, increased federal resources, and for government and the medical community to join forces.

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