How Can Children and Teens Be Exposed to Asbestos?

How Can Children and Teens Be Exposed to Asbestos?

Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses are frequently associated with the older adults. Asbestos-related illnesses affect older males at a higher rate than other classes of people. Children and teens, on the other hand, might be exposed to asbestos in a variety of ways.

Exposure at School
Children might be exposed to asbestos at school. Asbestos was once widely employed in construction materials. As a result, even though asbestos is no longer widely utilized, it may still be discovered in numerous structures. The following are some of the most prevalent asbestos-containing materials found in buildings:

  • Caulking around windows and doors
  • Ceiling textures
  • Ceiling and floor tiles
  • Cement
  • Insulation
  • Paints
  • Plaster
  • Siding
  • Wall textures and wallpaper

Exposure Through Consumer Products
Asbestos can be found in consumer items, some of which are marketed specifically to children. Asbestos fibers have been discovered in crayons in recent testing. As a contaminated crayon wears down, asbestos fibers may be released. Asbestos can also be found in cosmetics, toys, and talcum powder.

Secondhand (Bystander) Asbestos Exposure
If a child’s parent or guardian works in a high-risk exposure area, the child and other members of a household may be exposed to asbestos secondhand. This is also known as bystander exposure. Asbestos may be found on clothing, skin, shoes, tools, and even hair. As a result, someone working in a high-risk exposure area might bring asbestos fibers home with them. Secondhand asbestos exposure is probable if, for example, a construction worker returns home with asbestos fibers stuck to their clothes and then hugs their child. When a youngster rests on their parent’s or guardian’s lap after they get home from work, they may be exposed to secondhand asbestos.

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“Keeping Your Child Safe From Asbestos” American Academy of Pediatrics (2012)  [Link]
“5 Ways Your Children May Be Exposed To Asbestos” (2021) [Link]

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