Sunday, June 4, 2023

What are some common sources of microplastic exposure for children?

 Children can be exposed to microplastics from various sources, including:

  • Food and drinks: Microplastics can be present in food and drinks, especially those that are packaged in plastic or processed in plastic containers
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  • Indoor air: Microplastics can be present in indoor air due to the shedding of plastic products and dust
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  • Outdoor air: Microplastics can be present in outdoor air due to the wear and tear of plastic products, such as car tires and synthetic clothing
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  • Water: Microplastics can be present in water sources, such as rivers and oceans, due to the breakdown of plastic waste
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  • Plastic toys and objects: Children's plastic toys, bottles, and lunchboxes can contain microplastics that can be ingested by children when they put these objects in their mouth
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  • Personal care products: Microplastics can be present in personal care products, such as toothpaste and exfoliating scrubs, and can be ingested or absorbed through the skin
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  • Environment: Microplastics can be present in the environment due to the widespread use of plastic products and the difficulty in managing plastic waste
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It is important to prevent exposure to microplastics as they can cause various health problems in children, including digestive issues, inflammation, and developmental delays.

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