When it comes to older homes and buildings, lead paint exposure is a huge concern for those with small children. There is also a risk of exposure to lead paint with some toys from outside the United States. Given the long-term health issues associated with lead paint, particularly with children, it is important to be aware of the risks of this material and the danger it poses. Lead paint exposure impacts thousands of children per year and can cause a wide range of health problems, including brain damage. Here’s what every Baltimore resident needs to know about lead paint poisoning.
The Danger of Lead
Lead can be absorbed into the body in multiple ways: breathing, swallowing, or even absorbing through the skin. Children are especially susceptible to this because their growing bodies will more readily absorb the poisonous material. Long-term exposure to lead paint, which happens most frequently in older buildings, is called chronic toxicity, and it can lead to serious long-term health issues for children.
Chronic toxicity can result in decreased bone and muscle growth, damage to the nervous system, kidney damage, hearing and speech problems, developmental delay, and even seizures. These conditions can follow children throughout their entire lives, so it’s important to be aware of exposure to this material.
The Risk of Lead Poisoning
Homes built before the late 1970s, then, pose some of the greatest risks for long-term lead exposure. Children with a tendency toward pica, a disorder characterized by the compulsive eating of non-food items which can include paint chips, are also considered to be at risk for lead exposure.
Identifying Lead Poisoning
Some things to look for are irritability and behavioral problems, difficulty concentrating, headaches, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain. Children suffering from chronic toxicity may also experience nausea, constipation, anemia, fatigue, weight loss, joint pain, seizures, and may report a metallic taste in their mouth in serious cases. Keep an eye out for indicators of lead poisoning, and be sure to talk to your doctor and get children tested for lead exposure.
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