Risk factorsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Exposure to carbon monoxide may be particularly dangerous for:
- Unborn babies. Fetal blood cells take up carbon monoxide more readily than adult blood cells do. This makes unborn babies more susceptible to harm from carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Children. Young children take breaths more frequently than adults, which may make them more susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Older adults. Elderly people who experience carbon monoxide poisoning may be more likely to develop brain damage.
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