What You Need To Know About Lead Poisoning

Some areas of the world are more prone to lead poisoning cases than are others. Regardless, however, with proper testing/screening, no child should ever have to suffer the consequences that result from lead poisoning. That’s because, thanks to advancements in medical technology, it’s easier than ever to screen a child, even newborns!

Knowledge is essential when it comes to things like lead poisoning. The more you know about it, the better prepared you can be, and make sure that it never presents a problem. Below, we are going to discuss lead poisoning in the hope that you will know what to look for in the future and understand it better.

What’s Up with Lead?

The chemical lead used to be found pretty commonly in things like factory emissions, pottery, gasoline, and paint. In the past, the solder that held pipes together, and the pipes themselves, were made of lead. Regulations and laws were created once it was fully understood that lead was highly toxic. These regulations were put in place to hopefully limit the exposure to lead where pregnant women and children were concerned. Unfortunately, particularly in poor, older communities, there are still high amounts of lead out there.

Lead can have detrimental effects on a baby’s brain development when pregnant women are exposed to it. The same can be said when young children are exposed. The effect can last a lifetime with behavior issues, learning problems, lower IQ, etc. A child’s life is changed forever by lead’s slow, silent poisoning.

What to Look For

As just suggested, lead poisoning usually contaminates a child’s system slowly and silently. If, of course, a lot of lead was ingested at one time, symptoms would be more noticeable. These could include the following:

  • Confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Headache

Fortunately, that level of acute exposure and poisoning is very rare.

How Does Lead Get into the Body?

Exposure to lead in its most common forms can be through the following:

  • Tableware
  • Jewelry
  • Toys
  • Contaminated water
  • Lead paint
  • Dust
  • Certain home remedies

Things to Keep in Mind

The following are a handful of factors that every caregiver and/or parent should know:

  • Your home may have lead paint if it was built prior to 1978. An inspection is a good idea.
  • The chances are greater that products from other countries contain lead.
  • If you have any doubts about the water quality in your home, have it tested. There have been cases where a city’s water supply was contaminated by a high lead content.
  • If you are going to do renovations in your home, be very careful of any dust that is created from wallpaper removal, paint removal, etc. This may be best left to a professional with protective gear.
  • Specifically, lead removal is something that must be done by a professional certified in the removal of lead. A webpage for the EPA has more information on lead removal.

Trust EnMed MicroAnalytics For Lead Screening

Why is lead screening so important for a newborn? It makes all of the following happen as soon as possible:

  • Health problems are identified.
  • Damage caused by those health problems can be limited.
  • Your child gets the care it needs.

Without any pain, trauma, or blood draws, we can test your baby to make sure that unhealthy lead levels are a NOT problem. No matter what the level – it can be detected. To help ensure your baby’s safety and proper development, and for your own peace of mind, trust EnMed MicroAnalytics.