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Blood Tests in Children are Necessary to Measure Lead Levels

WASHINGTON, D.C. (ConCienciaNews) – A recent article published in The Washington Post refers to a study by the Children’s National Medical Center and Virginia Tech, in which a high number of children with lead in their blood were identified.

In most cases, children poisoned with lead are not identified in time and symptoms do not often appear. However, some react with problems at school, concentration and learning problems, as well as hyperactivity.

Physicians state that children should follow a diet rich in calcium, and that a study and reading room must be available at home. To enhance learning, physicians indicate that parents must monitor their children.

Lead remains in the bones and the blood, sometimes even reaching the brain. When this happens, learning problems occur. In the case of adults, high doses of lead must be ingested in order to be affected in such a way, but this problem usually occurs in children, since they are small and still growing.

Children ingest lead into their bodies when they put lead objects into their mouth, especially if they swallow them. Furthermore, they may even carry lead around on their fingers after touching lead objects that give off dust or have a chipped surface. Then, when they put their fingers in their mouth or eat food afterwards, the lead may also be inhaled in small quantities.

Lead is found in:

  • House paints produced before 1978.
  • Toys and pieces of furniture painted before 1976.
  • Toys painted and ornaments made outside of the United States.
  • Plumbing, piping or faucet articles. Lead may be found in running water in houses where piping has been connected with lead welding. Even though modern building regulations require non-lead welding, this element is still found in some modern faucets.
  • Soil polluted by decades of car emissions or years of house sanding. This is why lead can be easily found in soils near motorways or houses.
  • Paint elements and art supplies for children (always read the labels).
  • Steins and pewter dinner sets.

Source: University of Maryland Medical Center.

 


 

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