Are children more vulnerable to benzene exposure than adults?

As a general rule, because they are growing and developing, children are significantly more vulnerable to toxic exposure than adults, whose immunity is generally stronger and whose bodies are already used to chemicals such as those in personal care products.

answered by Gregory A. Cade

Like adults, children exposed to benzene are at a higher risk of acute myeloid leukemia

Children at varying developmental stages have unique physical risk factors when exposed to benzene because of their levels of mobility, hormonal production, oxygen consumption, and overall growth. Furthermore, the toxicodynamic processes that determine exposure, absorption, metabolism, excretion, and tissue vulnerability are related to age, which means that children are more susceptible to experiencing the negative health consequences of benzene exposure.

Additionally, children have a higher unit body weight exposure to benzene than adults because of their different ventilation tidal volumes and frequencies and heightened activity patterns. They are more prone to leukemogenesis, which refers to the process of developing leukemia because their blood cell populations are differentiating and undergoing maturation. Lastly, their incomplete metabolic systems, high rates of infection by respiratory pathogens, immature host defenses, and activity patterns make children more prone to the damaging effects of benzene exposure.

Interestingly, since benzene may be released to indoor air from unflued oil heating and from the use of consumer products that contain it, people who spend more time indoors, including children, are more likely to have a higher exposure to benzene. Nevertheless, there are certain measures you can take as a parent to minimize your child's benzene exposure, which are:

  • making sure their sunscreen is not on the list of products tainted with benzene
  • having your child use safe hand sanitizer that does not contain benzene
  • limiting your child’s ingestion of beverages that may contain benzene, such as fruit juices
  • smoking outdoors or in a separate, distant room from them, as tobacco smoke also contains benzene
  • keeping your child away from other products that might contain the chemical, such as paint, detergents, furniture wax, solvents, and varnish removers

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