Report to the Danish Environmental Protection Agency
Children are at risk of exposure to a lot of high-production-volume synthetic chemical substances which have been introduced into the market within the past 50 years; these chemical substances are used widely in consumer products and are dispersed in the environment. Children as well as the unborn child have in some cases appeared to be uniquely vulnerable to chemical toxicants because of their biological growth and development. Furthermore, children may be more heavily exposed than adults to certain chemicals and pollutants in the environment. This report summarises and discusses the current knowledge about the biological susceptibility and exposure of chemical substances to children during the embryonic, foetal, and postnatal periods.