The Effects Of Lead Poisoning

What are the effects of lead poisoning? Where is lead found? How to prevent poisoning from lead.

Lead is a poison that is present throughout the environment as a result of industrialization. Lead poisoning can cause severe health problems, especially in young and unborn children.

Lead effects every system in the body. it is particularly harmful to the developing nrevous systems of young children. Diagnosing lead poisoning can be very difficult because there may not be any symptoms, or the symptoms may signify something else such as GI upset, with loss of appetite, nausea and abdominal pain.

One of the most common sources of lead exposure is lead-based paint which was widely used up to the 1940's. In 1978, paint containing harmful levels of lead were banned from use on residences, funrniture and toys.

Lead-contaminated soil is another source of lead exposure for children. Lead deposited in the soil from leaded gasoline fumes along busy roadways and near certain industries can be ingested by children as they play.

Jobs such as radiator repair, battery manufacturing, certain types of construction, soldering, stained glass, and ceramics can be a source of lead exposure. If you work in or around these things, you could bring it home to your family in your clothes, hair and shoes.

Some pottery and utensils, especially handmade or imported items, can contain lead in their glaze.



If you are concerned about your child's risk to lead exposure, talk to your child's health care provider. They will provide you with a questionnaire to determine if your child is at risk. Some other things you can do include:

1.try to keep your child away from peeling paint and paint dust.

2. Try to decrease all sources of lead in your home.

3. If you are exposed to lead on your job, shower and change clothing before going home.

4. Wash children's hands and faces before eating and after playing in the dirt.

5. Wash toys frequently.

6. Wet mop and wipe hard surfaces with trisosium phosphate detergent (found at hardware stores) or automatic dishwasher detergent and water.

7. Do not vaccuum hard surfaces, this will cause dust to scatter.

8. Make sure your child eats regular nutritious meals since more lead is absorbed on an empty stomach.

9. Make sure your child's diet contains plenty of iron and calcium.

10. If you are pregnant, avoid any contact with lead.

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