Though lead paint has been regulated in the United States since the late 1970s, the dangers of lead paint poisoning still linger for some homeowners, renters and consumers. Found in paint, metal fixtures and even mini-blinds, lead can lead to poisoning and even death in small children and those with compromised immune systems. Here’s what you need to know about the risks of lead paint.
Children At Risk
Children are at the greatest risk for injury and even death due to exposure to lead paint. Peeling or chipped lead paint poses the greatest threat when ingested or handled by young children, whose small bodies are very sensitive to lead and are easily poisoned. Children may also be at risk from toys containing lead, such as the recently recalled Thomas The Tank Engine toys, which they will often put in their mouths.
Symptoms and Consequences of Lead Paint Poisoning
There are several warning signs of lead paint poisoning in children. These include headaches, tremors, loss of appetite, digestive problems, irritability, or apathetic and sluggish behavior. The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have established 10 micrograms of lead per decimeter of blood as the dangerous threshold for lead poisoning. This is a very small ratio and is of great concern, since the consequences of lead poisoning are usually irreversible.
Lead paint poisoning can lead to life-long health crises such as hyperactivity, neurological disorders, brain damage, learning disabilities, ADD, and even death. Unfortunately, children’s curiosity and tendencies to put their hands in their mouths can put their future lives in danger.
What Can Parents Do?
There are several steps concerned parents can take to prevent lead poisoning. These include insisting on frequent hand-washing, asking for pediatric blood tests, mopping dirty floors and cleaning walls, cleaning toys on a regular basis, insisting on lead paint inspections in houses older than 1978 and insisting on proper mitigation of lead paint where necessary, and instituting a no toys in mouth policy in the home. While these precautions will do little to reverse the effects of actual lead poisoning, they may prevent your children from exposure to this threatening chemical.
If you, your child, or a family member has experienced lead poisoning, seek out professional medical treatment. Then call a Steve Heisler for more information on filing a lead paint poisoning lawsuit. Your lead paint claim could allow you to collect compensation for the costs of your injuries. Interested in a free consultation? Contact Steven H. Heisler today for more information.