High-Risk Behaviors

Children exhibit unique behaviors, like hand-to-mouth tendencies, and may not wash their hands as often.

Children exhibit more hand-to-mouth tendencies, and are thus more likely to be exposed to hazards through ingestion.

This could include:

  • Increased lead intake from soil, paint, or dust, leading to higher blood-lead levels and an increased likelihood of cognitive deficits
  • Putting toys or other household objects into mouth than may contain lead or other harmful toxicants