Lead Poisoning Symptoms & Prevention in Children
Lead poisoning in children is a serious matter. Lead exposure does not produce immediate symptoms. Lead poisoning happens over time slowly with repeated exposure to high levels of lead. Children can be exposed to lead through old paint, water, soil, toys & even dishware. Damage from long term exposure can effect the brain, kidneys & bone marrow.
Lead poisoning health problems from exposure include behavior problems, attention deficits, learning difficulties, & decreased IQ in young children.
Where is lead found?
- In homes built before 1978
- Paint on walls in old homes
- Toys, old or made outside the U.S.
- Costume jewelry
- Soil & dirt
- Water contaminated by lead pipes
- Candy & food from other countries
- Dust in air
- Peeling paint chips
Symptoms of lead poisoning include:
- Stomach pain
- Muscle weakness
- Hair loss
- Test your child for lead
- Keep your child away from peeling paint
- Repaint all rooms that contain lead paint
- If home remodeling, seal off the area with heavy plastic to reduce the spread of dust
- Wipe feet & remove shoes when arriving home
- Wash your child’s hands & face before meals
- Wet-mop floors & windowsills on a regular basis
- Keep children from playing in soil around older homes
- Do not cook with or eat from old pans & tableware
- Drink cold tap water, hot tap water produces more lead from aging pipes
Call New York State Lead today at 718-467-1500, for more information on having your home tested for possible lead hazards.