Asbestos was commonly used in construction and manufacturing during the 70s and 80s. Now that the dangers of this substance are widely known, its use is heavily regulated and forbidden in many circumstances.
The risk of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases is far more common in adults, and symptoms are often not present until years after exposure.
However, this does not mean that there is no risk to children. Outlined below are some important factors to consider.
Asbestos has been found in toys
As recently as 2020, asbestos was discovered in children’s toys in Washington. The makeup kits were distributed by a host of online retail outlets, including eBay and Amazon. In October 2019, the popular manufacturer Johnson & Johnson recalled a batch of its baby powder because of potential asbestos contamination. While such instances are relatively rare, they are still severe enough to warrant concern over the public health of children in the U.S.
Asbestos in the home
Asbestos should not be present in modern homes, but the risk is still apparent in houses built before 1990. Roof tiles, flooring and pipe insulation in older homes are just some of the more common places where this harmful substance may be found. If you suspect the presence of asbestos, make sure that you do not disturb the material, and be sure to enlist the help of knowledgeable parties to remove the substance safely.
Asbestos doesn’t need to be in the home directly to pose a threat to children. Parents who work in construction or manufacturing may have been exposed unwittingly for years, and there is a risk of secondhand exposure to children.
Asbestos exposure in children may be rare, but this doesn’t mean they aren’t worth protecting, and research in the area is still very limited. If you or your family are currently dealing with an asbestos-related illness, make sure you explore your legal options in more detail.