Kids need their dads. This seems obvious, but as recently as 10 years ago, cultural norms in America meant that moms stayed home and nurtured while dads went out and provided for the family. More recently, however, there’s been a shift in the traditional “family dynamic.” There is more of a male presence at home (especially following the recession of 2008) and more groups are lobbying for paternity leave after a baby is born. Studies of the impact a father has on his children have come to the same conclusion: It’s important that dads stay involved.
Lead is extremely poisonous and can be hazardous when ingested or inhaled. There is no “safe” level of lead exposure. The smallest amounts can cause severe health problems; at very high levels, it can be fatal.
Lead exposure can cause numerous developmental issues for children that can lead to physical and mental complications including behavior or attention problems, hearing problems, kidney damage, learning disabilities, reduced IQ and stunted growth.
Kids under the age of 6 are particularly at risk for lead poisoning, and it can harm babies long before they are born – the younger the child, the more detrimental lead exposure can be.