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.
Feb. 21, 2012