According to the Baltimore Sun, the number of Baltimore children with lead poisoning fell 19 percent in 2017. The report may be encouraging, but a large percentage of Baltimore children remained untested during that year. Unfortunately, lead paint poisoning is still a prevalent issue in Maryland’s largest city, and it helps to know and recognize the signs in case you or your loved ones are exposed.
What is Lead Paint Poisoning?
According to the Mayo Clinic, lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in older buildings are the most common sources of lead poisoning. When a person is exposed to lead paint, the poisons slowly accumulate in the body over months or even years. Children under six years old are especially vulnerable to lead paint poisoning.
Signs and Symptoms in Adults
Lead paint poisoning is often difficult to detect as victims can appear healthy when their blood has a high level of lead. The symptoms begin to appear when dangerous quantities of lead have built up in the body. Signs of lead poisoning in adults include but are not limited to joint and muscle pain, difficulty concentrating, memory issues, mood disorders, anemia, kidney dysfunction, and aggressive behavior.
Signs and Symptoms in Children
Children and newborns are extremely vulnerable to lead paint poisoning, and they often exhibit different symptoms than adults. Signs of lead poisoning in children include but are not limited to weight loss, loss of appetite, fatigue, abdominal pain, vomiting, constipation, hearing loss, and learning difficulties. Signs and symptoms in infants include premature birth, lower birth weight than average, and slowed growth.
Understanding the Risks
If you live in a home that was built before 1978, it’s important to ensure that it does not contain any lead paint. Children living in a home built before this time are more susceptible to lead paint poisoning than adults. Aside from older homes, individuals with certain hobbies can also become exposed to lead paint poisoning. Proceed with caution if you make stained glass, refinish old furniture, or work with jewelry that contains lead solder.
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