Lead Paint Poisoning: Protect Your Children
Lead paint poisoning is very dangerous among children and young infants.
Lead poisoning can be very fatal when to children are subjected to it. Even
children that seem healthy can have dangerous levels of lead. Lead is more
dangerous to children than adults, because babies and young children often put
their hands and other objects in their mouths, which can have lead dust on
them. In the
one out of every eleven children have dangerous levels of lead in their blood
stream. Children’s growing bodies absorbs more lead than adults. Children’s
brains and nervous systems are also more sensitive to the damaging effects of
lead. If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies
can suffer from damage to the brain and nervous system. Behavioral and learning
problems can occur, such as hyperactivity, slowed growth, hearing problems and
kidney problems and headaches. There are some steps you can take to avoid any
of these problems.
Complain: if you rent,
notify your landlord about peeling, or chipped paint. He should be aware
that you have young children and it could affect your child’s health.
Clean: Clean Floors,
window frames, windowsills, and other surfaces weekly. You should mop with
warm water and use a cleaner with high phosphate or cleaner especially
made for lead. Clean up any paint chips and dust with a wet rag or mop. Do
not sweep paint chips with a dry broom or try to vacuum, because this will
cause the dust to spread.
Hygiene: Wash your
children’s hands frequently, especially before meals, naptime, and bedtime
to prevent lead dust from their hands going into their mouths.
Beware: Canned goods
purchased in other countries may contain lead, which can be absorbed into
foods and drinks. Old painted toys and furniture could contain lead. Do
not use remedies that contain “GRETA” or “AZARCON” used to treat upset
Cooking: Whenever you
are using tap water for cooking or drinking, always allow the water to run
for a few minutes to allow stagnant water to run through the pipes. Always
use cold water for cooking.
Food: Store food in
glass, plastic, or stainless steel containers, not in open cans. Avoid
using antiques, hand ceramics, and lead crystal to hold food or beverages.
Be cautious of ceramics that are not properly glazed. Improper glazing can
allow lead to be absorbed into foods and drinks.
Diet: Children who eat
low fat meals, which are high in iron, are less susceptible to lead
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