babybottleLeaded gasoline for vehicles and lead-based paint for homes used to be the norm, as the dangers of lead went unnoticed. While the public has become aware of lead’s health dangers, there remains concern for high levels of lead persisting in children’s toys. These toys, typically imported from China, can induce blood lead levels exceeding 5 micrograms per deciliter in children, which is unsafe, according to new EPA safety standards. Children are most sensitive to lead, which can affect the cells of almost every organ in their body. Competing with calcium absorption in the bones, lead toxicity can stunt growth and hinder brain function. The EPA also attributes many behavioral and learning problems to lead, including hearing problems, anemia, lower IQ and hyperactivity. If a child is becoming hyperactive and showing learning disabilities, the best next step forward would be to remove lead-based products and tainted foods and toys from the child’s everyday life. More