9 Chemicals Affecting Brain Development In Children

Over the years, the list of harmful chemicals that can negatively affect the brain development in children has significantly grown. According to a study from The Lancet Neurology, there are new chemicals emerging that may be contributing to what researchers call the “global, silent pandemic of neurodevelopmental toxicity”.

Back in 2006, the research team released a list of five neurotoxins that may be contributing factors to everything from attention problems to cognitive deficits. Based on new research, that list has expanded to six more chemicals linked to developmental disorders in children. Read on to know what they are.

9. Lead

One of the most thoroughly researched compounds when it comes to neurodevelopment, lead has been consistently linked to various mental deficits including low IQ. Studies have found that the effects of lead seem to be permanent, leading the researchers to conclude that there is no safe level of exposure to lead.