Lead Poisoning Affects Thousands of Children and Adults

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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 body. 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 can result.


EPA Tips For Preventing Lead Poisoning

lead poisoningThe 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 as possible.
  • 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.

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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 More..

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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.

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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 development.

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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 high.

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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 More . . .

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Lead Poisoning News, Information and Resources

  • 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.
  • Lead 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.
  • Improper 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.


"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
1990 study

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
  • Headaches

Adults suffer from lead poisoning, and lead affects
different bodies in different

  • Reproductive problems
  • Digestive problems
  • Muscle/joint pain
  • Pregnancy difficulties
  • Nerve disorders
  • Memory/concentration
  • High blood pressure