Scientific knowledge has expanded concerning the adverse effects of low-level lead exposure. In spite of this expansion, many professionals working with infants and children are unaware of the prevalence of this problem and the developmental consequences associated with it. This article reviews the etiology and impact of low-level lead exposure based on current research. Particular attention is given to developmental issues In the prenatal, infancy, and preschool years. A family-focused intervention model is suggested to deal with this complex issue.
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