How to Prevent Lead Poisoning In Toddlers
Lead poisoning is a serious medical condition that is caused by the level of lead increasing in the blood stream. There is an increasing awareness about lead poisoning and the risk of lead poisoning has reduced from before. However, it still is of concern when toddlers are poisoned with lead as it does a lot of damage and leads to headaches, vomiting, stomach pain, muscle weakness, seizures, loss of developmental skills, stunted growth, and anemia.
Lead poisoning in toddlers has decreased over the years since lead was...
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... banned in various products across the United States. Nevertheless, lead is still found in old houses built before 1978, old furniture, old vinyl flooring, old plumbing, faucets, copper pipes, brass keys, and pottery with lead glaze. It can be still found in unexpected places such as cotton wicks, candles, or imported items like food cans.
Protect toddlers from lead poisoning
Toddlers are very active and get into unexpected places and pick up or chew anything that interests them. Therefore, it is essential to ensure that the house is free from lead products. Toddlers can be affected even if they breathe in fumes from lead based paints or lead dust which might have settled on the floors and furniture. They might touch them and accidently pass it to their mouths.
It is important to stay alert about any new lead poisoning hazards that could come into our households. It is also important that you are aware of the risks that could be possibly be present in other house where your toddler might go like your neighbours, friend's or relative's house.
Prevent Toddler Lead Poisoning
There are certain things that can be done to prevent toddler lead poisoning. In case, you live in a house built before 1978, get a blood test done for lead and see that the old paint is removed thoroughly and repaint to seal the lead paint.
If you are remodeling an old house, seal the rooms where work is done and be sure that furniture and doorways are covered in plastic sheets.
If there is lead poisoning in the area where you live, see that your toddler's shoes are taken off before they enter home. Wash the toddler's hands and face before every meal.
The other things you can do to prevent lead poisoning in toddlers is to ensure that they do not chew any painted objects or toys, whether old or new. Keep the house free from dust. Filter the tap water before use, if tests show the presence of lead.