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Q&A: Lead paint dangers?

I know lead poisoning is bad, but what exactly are the risks? What are signs that my child might be in trouble, and what can I do about it?

Re: I know lead poisoning is bad, but what exactly are the risks? What are signs that my child might be in trouble, and what can I do about it?

The Bump Expert

The lead paint picture isn't pretty. Toxic levels can lead to all sorts of intellectual and neurological disabilities, developmental delays, behavioral problems, kidney disease, anemia, and -- not to scare freak you out too bad but, worst case scenario -- death. Even "low levels" may be associated with learning issues and decreased IQ.

Thanks to their tendency to put oh... anything in their mouths, kids under three are at greatest risk. Lead paint chips often have a sweet taste, making it especially dangerous -- check out these tips for keeping your home safe. Also, only let baby teethe on age appropriate toys, and never let him put anything with peeling paint in his mouth.

If you think baby might have been exposed to lead, ask your pediatrician to check his lead levels. All children also receive these tests routinely, so baby may actually have already been checked out.

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Lead paint dangers?

I'm an Industrial Hygenist by trade and for two years I worked in lead based paint research while completing my masters at university. Lead based paint is dangerous and you should not let your child eat paint chips, but what most people don't realize is that lead dust is a major issue. If your windows and doors have lead based paint, when they open and close the friction causes small particles of lead to become airborne and fall to the ground. Many older homes also have contaminated soil under the eaves of their houses and some pipes have lead contaminated water as well, depending on the age. The good news is on walls, unless there is obvious peeling or chipping you can easily encapsulate them with a solid coat of paint. Doors and windows should be tested and PROFESSIONALLY abated- this is not a DIY job! If your water is contaminated using a faucet filter and simply letting the water run for a few minutes is a great idea. You should wet mop and wet wipe all surfaces in older homes at least once a week to help get "lead dust" up and as mentioned above, if you are concerned don't hesitate to talk to your pediatrician or local health clinic.

retroeva |

Q&A: Lead paint dangers?

The risks associated w/ Lead poisoning are numerous. Neurocognitive Effects include: Developmental delays, Lowered IQ scores. Speech & language delays, reading skill deficits, visual problems, learning disabilities, and lowered academic success. Most Pediatric offices routinely screen for lead poisoning and when in doubt ask that your child be screened.

blueandkobe |

Q&A: Lead paint dangers?

You want to make sure you check the recall lists for toys that are painted, sometimes they will catch toys and let you return them due to high lead

hope4midnight |

Q&A: Lead paint dangers?

I live in a very old house that did have lead paint. My daughter tested positive and unfortunately her level went up to 9. At 10 is when they do chelation which is a process to remove heavy metals such as lead from the body. Our spectacular land lord took care of the lead paint situation and our daughters level is slowly declining. Thank God it didn't affect her negatively, but if you live in a house with ANY lead paint, get it taken care of before baby comes. Our paint was not obviously flaking or damaged but as a PP stated there is dust, which was enough for our little one crawling on the floor and putting everything in her mouth to ingest

CNAMamaof2 |

Q&A: Lead paint dangers?

Lead paint if injested can be found to contribute to Autism in children as young as 2 yrs. Your best bet... check for lead paint...a special pencil from your hardware store is the cheap and easy way to test. If the paint turns pinkish red there is lead in the paint.

kitkatt01 |

Q&A: Lead paint dangers?

Our house is 1941 -- we just had to remove our fireplace mantle because it had flaking lead paint. I got a test at Lowe's and sure enough -- it had high levels. Besides careful housecleaning, I run a large HEPA air filter in each main room of our house, which filters out lead dust well, not to mention pet dander! You can find those HEPA systems at Walmart or other big box stores, starting at $50.

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The most important thing that you have to do as a mother is to keep the house safe for your child. I clean my house very often and get rid of stuff I don't need, I use dumpster rental Dayton Ohio services a lot! What's weird is that I always find in the house items that are dangerous for my kid, in places where he can reach them. You can never get rid of them all

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Q&A: Lead paint dangers?

Your question is very hard for me to answer. I always feel responsibility for my children. I always pass through and have bad presentiment about my kids. So sometimes I can't cope with anxiety and start ordering alcohol online. But I understand that it can badly influence on my health, so I try to stop it...

RoseWillington |

Q&A: Lead paint dangers?

It can damage nervous system, stunted growth, kidney damage, and delayed development. It is mainly dangerous to children because it tastes sweet, encouraging children to eat lead chips and toys. Not only for kids Lead paint is also dangerous to adults and can cause problems in reproductive system.

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Q&A: Lead paint dangers?

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Q&A: Lead paint dangers?

It's not just paint that is an issue when it comes to lead. When my oldest was little I would make his bottles with warm tap water. When he tested positive for lead, we went through every possible source. What we found is that many water pipes are made of lead, which is fine for cold water. However, hot water picks up lead which will cause elevated lead levels in your child.

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I understand the dangers of lead paint. When my daughter was a baby, we lived in a house built in 1909 and not knowing about lead paint at the time, it took it's toll on our daughter. She is now 34 and not only does it effect learning disability, but watch out for your baby start pulling their hair out in clumps. She would roll her hair around her finger and pull it out in clumps. Now we have a grandson and we are very careful about our home and what's in it.

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Q&A: Lead paint dangers?

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Q&A: Lead paint dangers?

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Q&A: Lead paint dangers?

you can always use lead free colors in your home, and always buy toys from reputable manifacturers, other than that I dont think there are other ways of reducing the risk. it could also help to always supervise the child , it is not always possible to have eye contact but you may be in a close distance like the kitchen if the child is in living roon in order to keep an eye now and then. Athens tours

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Q&A: Lead paint dangers?

The United States and France were among very few nations with rules for handling old lead paint, whose use was banned decades ago by developed nations.

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