Though you don’t hear about lead poisoning as often as you used to, it is still a problem in many areas. The exposure to lead can have devastating effects on bones, kidneys, lungs, the heart, and on the brain. Even if no obvious symptoms are present, lead poisoning can be occurring slowly and silently.
Even today, the statistics surrounding the exposure to lead are staggering:
- Approximately 75% of lead poisoned children go untreated because they were never tested.
- Currently, in the United States, 1.2 million children have lead poisoning at some level.
- In US households today, at least 4 million children are currently being exposed to lead at high levels.
These numbers are inexcusable, particularly when you consider that lead poisoning screening is so available and affordable, and the use of lead is restricted in numerous household products.
How can you keep your child safe from exposure to lead? Here are some tips.
First of All – Be Aware of Lead
Inside and around our homes, the heavy metal lead can be found in various places such as food, water, soil, air, and dust. Prior to 1978, lead was used in and could be found in paint, the solder used to hold pipes together, the pipes themselves, jewelry, toys, glass, ceramics, electronics, batteries, gasoline, and more. That covers a lot of ground!
Fortunately, the use of lead in many products (such as household paints) was banned in 1978. Unfortunately, there are still homes out there that have old lead paint on the walls and lead piping. When you move into a new home, whether you’re renting or purchasing your abode, you should make sure that it’s been inspected. Get that inspection in writing, especially if it is required by law.
The following are some helpful tips to assist in keeping you and your child (children) free of lead poisoning:
- Make sure your child’s diet contains adequate amounts of vitamin C, iron, and calcium.
- Make sure that any herbal products used in your home are certified.
- Don’t drink or eat from lead-containing pottery or crystal glassware.
- For at least 30 seconds before drinking, run your kitchen faucet at a high rate.
- Leave any lead or lead paint removal to certified professionals.
- Before going home, shower and change your clothes if you work with lead.
- Old painted wood might contain lead so don’t burn it.
- In areas of bare soil, don’t allow children to play because it may contain lead.
- Because dust can contain lead, keep your home as clean as possible.
- Before age 1, have your child tested for lead poisoning.
- Be tested for lead exposure if you are pregnant.
Don’t Trust Your Child’s Future to Fate
The health and future of your child depends upon the decisions you make. One of the smartest and most proactive choices you can make for the health and welfare of your child is to have them screened for lead poisoning. Though everyone is at risk of lead’s toxic effects, young children, infants, and newborn babies pose the greatest lead poisoning health risk problems.
With technologically advanced scientific techniques, we, at EnMed MicroAnalytics, can test children as young as newborns for virtually any level of lead in their blood – no matter how minimal it may be. There are no blood draws, no needle sticks, no trauma, no drama. Just simple, affordable testing executed in a manner that hurts less for both you and your child. Contact us today if you have any questions or would like your child screened for lead poisoning.