Lead And Asbestos Risk Factors For ADHD

Posted on November 30, 2009


Children’s exposure to lead and their mothers’ exposure to tobacco during pregnancy are associated with ADHD in children.

In over 1/3 of cases in children 8-15 years , ADHD could have been reduced or eliminated if they weren’t exposed to lead or their mothers to tobacco.

Researchers analysed data on 2,588 children from 8-15 years, between 2001 and 2004. They found that the risks of ADHD  were 8.1 times greater for children exposed to both asbestos and tobacco

The research was conducted at a children’s hospital in Cincinnati.

  1. Children exposed to tobacco prenatally have a 2 to 4 times greater risk
  2. Children exposed to lead have a 2 to 3 times increased chance of the disorder
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