The idea of my child becoming ill really scares me. Recently I was made aware of just how dangerous lead poisoning is. To be honest I thought that this was something that was just a problem from the past and not something that my family could still be effected by today. I was wrong.
There is not a lot of information about lead poisoning available which is one of the reasons that this completely avoidable issue is still something that is happening. In light of learning more about lead poisoning from Lead Safe America, I thought that I would bring you this post with information that I think is important for you to know.
Lead Poison Happens Every Day!
The first thing that you should be aware of is that lead poisoning is happening. In fact, each year in the US alone there are more than 310,000 children who are diagnosed with lead poisoning. While lead is toxic in everyone, young children are the group of people who suffer the most from exposure. The reason that younger children are most at risk is that their bodies are still growing, and they can potentially absorb and retain the lead in their systems longer.
Where is This Lead Coming From?
There are many places where you child might be exposed to lead. Lead is often found in older homes in paint. It is also found in the paint that is used on toys that are not manufactured here in the US.
Symptoms of Lead Poisoning
There are many different symptoms that can appear from lead poisoning. When lead reaches an unsafe level in the body these symptoms present themselves. Headaches, stomachaches, behavioral issues, and anemia can all be traced back to lead poisoning. If a child is very young, lead can affect their brain as well.
How to Protect Yourself and Your Family
If you suspect that you might have lead in your home, the best thing to do is have your paint tested. You should also talk to your doctor about suspected levels of lead in your home or other areas where your child is at. If there is reason to believe that your child has been exposed, you can have a simple blood test to learn the answer.
More to Come…
I plan on bringing you a series of pieces about lead exposure where I take an in depth look at the things that lead can do to your body and explain more about what you can do to prevent this from happening to your family. I look forward to going on this journey with you.