Lead Poisoning Affects Thousands of Children and Adults
LEAD WARNING REQUIRED
Apartments and homes built prior to 1978 may have been
painted with lead containing paints. If not properly taken care of, the lead
from the paint, paint chips, and the dust can lead to lead poisoning and serious health
complications, which may be irreversible once the damage has been done.
It is federal law that any individual or family planning on renting, buying,
or renovating an apartment or home built before 1978 must receive information
regarding lead in paint. Leases have federal forms regarding lead-based paint
and landlords are required to disclose information on lead-based
paints that the renter could be affected by.
While the effects of lead poisoning are very serious, children
are most significantly affected by this heavy metal, which is toxic to the human
. A child can have already absorbed lead into their bodies during pregnancy
if the mother was exposed to lead. Children and adults can be exposed by breathing,
eating or drinking materials containing lead and through skin contact. Because
children are not yet fully developed, the lead poisoning affects
many aspects of their progression and growth
. Speech delay, hyperactivity,
attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, behavior disorders, neurological
and renal damage, stunted growth, anemia, hearing loss, and cognitive damage
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY LEAD POISONING, CONTACT A
LEAD POISONING LAWYER!
EPA Tips For Preventing Lead Poisoning
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency advises taking certain precautionary steps
to protect your family from
experiencing lead poisoning. For families who think there may be a high level
of lead present the EPA suggests:
- Getting your children tested for lead poisoning, especially since symptoms
of lead poisoning are not always visible, yet the effects can be very serious.
- Keep the home, and especially children's hands, toys, and bottles as clean
- Serving healthy, low-fat foods to your children since lead poisoning is affected
by food with high fat content.
- Keeping floors, windowsills, and other home surfaces clean, as well as wiping
off the dust and soil from shoes before entering to prevent any more lead from
entering your home.
- Getting your home checked for any lead hazards to prevent future problems
of lead poisoning from occurring.
- In instances of remodeling or renovating, take
precaution by having a professional remove any lead-based paint and avoiding
the use of belt-sanders, propane torches, dry scrapers, or dry sandpaper on paint
that contains lead.
- If you notice surfaces with peeling or chipping paint, request your landlord
fixes these problems.
Lead Poisoning News
Study links elevated lead levels to violent crimes
A U.S. researcher is arguing that the lead left in paint, water, soil and other sources may be having a greater impact on people's behavior than realized. Elevated lead levels are known to affect children's intelligence, but it might also be leading to antisocial and criminal behavior, according to Dr. Herbert Needleman.
The professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine said the U.S. government needs to do more to reduce lead levels in the environment. Read
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Children suffer from lead poisoning the most, absorbing up to 50% of the lead
they ingest. Children have been exposed to lead due to the failure to properly
handle or dispose of lead containing material. Exposure can occur form air emissions
and soil contaminated by lead related industries, and from lead cointaning paint
and dust in the home.
Contact a Lead Poisoning Lawyer
Lead poisoning affects children under the age of six the most because they
still have developing brains and nervous systems and lead interfere with this
Read More on the dangers of lead poisoning
Unless the amount of lead poisoning is extremely high, symptoms of lead poisoning,
initially, are not apparent making the number of undiagnosed cases of lead poisoning
Read more on the effects of lead poisoning
Where is Lead?
Because lead is not able to dissolve in water or biodegrade, dissipate, decay,
or burn, this makes lead an extremely harmful hazard. An estimated 10 million
metric tons of the lead residue is in the environment. Read
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- OSHA defines lead poisoning
as having a lead blood level of 10 microliters/decaliter.
- Lead is not able to
dissolve in water or biodegrade, dissipate, decay, or burn.
- Lead poisoning affects
a child's IQ test results.
- Recent studies show that blood
lead levels below 10 vg/dl can have detrimental effects.
- A blood lead poisoning
test reflects exposure only over the last 90 days.
- One in five urban children
are affected by lead poisoning.
- Lead poisoning affects the
development of young children by causing speech delay, hyperactivity, attention
deficit disorder, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, neurological and
renal damage, stunted growth, anemia, hearing loss, and cognitive deficits.
poisoning symptoms include, irritability, stomachache, poor appetite, diarrhea,
colic, distractibility, and lethargy.
- Detecting lead poisoning can
be difficult because many cases have no visible symptoms, delaying the diagnoses
and allowing it to further damage a child's cognitive development.
- Exposure can
cause lead poisoning to young children and babies before being born. Up to 50%
of lead ingested by a child may be caused from fetal absorption when a pregnant
woman is exposed to lead.
- Over 1 million workers in
more than 100 different occupations may be exposed to lead poisoning every day.
lead removal can increase lead poisoning hazard by spreading even more lead dust
throughout the house.
- The main target for lead
poisoning is the nervous system in both children and Adults.
NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE LEAD STUDY
"The persistence toxicity of lead was seen
to result in significant and serious impairment
of academic success, specifically a seven fold increase in failure to graduate
from high school, lower class standing, greater absenteeism, impairment of reading
skills sufficiently extensive to be labeled reading disability (indicated by
scores two grades below the expected scores), and deficits in vocabulary, fine
motor skills, reaction time and hand-eye coordination."
New England Journal of Medicine
Children with lead poisoning
can suffer life-altering and
extremely serious conditions:
- Damage to the nervous system and to the brain
- Behavioral problems/learning
disorder and problems
- Delayed/slowed growth
- Hearing problems
Adults suffer from lead poisoning, and lead affects
different bodies in different
- Reproductive problems
- Digestive problems
- Muscle/joint pain
- Pregnancy difficulties
- Nerve disorders
- High blood pressure