Children are highly susceptible to contaminated water around the World. Lead is just one toxin in Water that can deeply affect growing children and there have been many growing concerns in the United States and in countries around the World. However there are several contaminants that can affect developing bodies and lead to serious health issues. There are many contaminants present in water that can directly impeded normal growth of children’s brains and bodies.Children that live in places in the World where clean water is nonexistent are hit the hardest , their surrounding environment stacking the odds against them if exposed to water pollution.
Exposure to polluted water can affect children’s health by :
- Diarrhea: exacerbating malnutrition
According to the CDC every year, 361 000 children under 5 years of age die due to diarrhea. Poor sanitation and contaminated water are also linked to transmission of diseases such as cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A, and typhoid.
- Exposure to parasites and infectious diseases
- Low IQ
- Learning disabilities
- Stunted growth
- Premature birth
- low birth weights
- Keep children from attending school
Things we can do to protect Children around the World
- Educate others including your own children
- Use the skills you already have to make a difference
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