Lead Poisoning and Children
Approximately 250,000 U.S. children aged 1-5 years have blood lead levels high enough to raise the concern of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), lead can affect anyone but is especially harmful to children because of their developing brains and nervous systems, as well as the fact their growing bodies absorb the lead so quickly. Additionally, children are more prone to ingest the lead because of their tendency to put objects in their mouths.
Facts about Lead Poisoning from CDC and EPA
- Lead poisoning can affect nearly every system in the body.
- Because lead poisoning often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized.
- Lead exposure can harm young children and babies even before they are born.
- Even children who seem healthy can have high levels of lead in their bodies.
- You can get lead in your body by breathing or swallowing lead dust, or by eating soil or paint chips containing lead.
- Removing lead-based paint improperly can increase the danger to your family.
Effects of Lead Poisoning
- Damage to the brain and nervous system
- Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity
- Slowed growth
- Hearing problems
- Reproductive problems (in both men and women)
- High blood pressure and hypertension
- Nerve disorders
- Memory and concentration problems
- Muscle and joint pain
Most Common Sources of Lead
One of the reasons that lead poisoning is so difficult to combat is because it lurks in the walls and corners of your own home. The most common places to find lead:
- Deteriorating lead-based paint
- Lead contaminated dust
- Lead contaminated residential soil
Contact An Experienced Child Injury Attorney
At Thomas J. Henry, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been the victim of a serious injury, contact our offices. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.