Usually, asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma take years to appear. For this reason, mesothelioma is not common in children. Mesothelioma is much more common in older people with a history of asbestos exposure. However, since mesothelioma takes years before developing, children exposed to asbestos at a young age risk developing mesothelioma in their adult years.
So, how do children get exposed to asbestos? There are many ways in which a child can be exposed to asbestos. Below is a look at some of the most common ways children can be exposed to asbestos.
Secondhand Asbestos Exposure
If a child’s parent or guardian works in a high-risk exposure site, a child can become a victim of secondhand asbestos exposure. Asbestos can cling to clothing, the skin, shoes, or even the hair. So, an individual working in a high-risk exposure site can take asbestos fibers home. As a result, secondhand exposure can occur. If, for instance, a construction worker comes home with asbestos fibers attached to their clothes, and then they hug their child, secondhand asbestos exposure is likely to occur. Secondhand asbestos exposure can also occur when a child sits on their parent’s or guardian’s lap after they come home from work.
Exposure at Home and School
Children can also be exposed to asbestos at home and/or at school. Years ago, asbestos was used in many construction materials. Therefore, even though asbestos is not commonly used today, it can still be found in many buildings. Some of the most common materials in buildings that contain asbestos include:
- Ceiling textures
- Wall textures
- Caulking around windows and doors
For example, during renovations at home or school, asbestos fibers might become airborne when asbestos-contaminated materials are disturbed. Asbestos removal can also lead to a child being exposed to asbestos if it is not done correctly.
Exposure Through Consumer Products
There are several consumer products that contain asbestos, and, unfortunately, some of these products are products targeted to children. Recent tests have found deadly asbestos fibers in some brands of children’s toy crime scene investigation kits and crayons. A contaminated crayon could release asbestos fibers as it is worn down. When it comes to the crime scene kits, the loose powders pose a great inhalation risk.
Protecting Children From Asbestos Exposure
As a parent or guardian, if you discover asbestos in your home, in your children’s toys, or anywhere else, you should contact the appropriate expert without delay. It is crucial that you leave any asbestos you find undisturbed and allow experts to handle the situation. As already mentioned, asbestos removal can lead to a child being exposed to asbestos if removal is done incorrectly. Additionally, as a parent or guardian working in a high-risk exposure site, you should always be keen not to bring home any asbestos fibers on your clothes, shoes, hair, or skin.
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