How does lead affect babies?

Exposure to lead can seriously harm a child’s health, including damage to the brain and nervous system, slowed growth and development, learning and behavior problems, and hearing and speech problems. No safe blood lead level in children has been identified.

What happens if baby has lead in blood?

The blood lead test tells you how much lead is in your child’s blood. Lead can harm a child’s growth, behavior, and ability to learn. The lower the test result, the better. Most lead poisoning occurs when children lick, swallow, or breathe in dust from old lead paint.

How do I know if my baby has lead poisoning?

Symptoms of acute lead poisoning include sickness and diarrhoea, a metallic taste, lack of appetite and stomach pain, tiredness or drowsiness and high blood pressure. Chronic lead poisoning symptoms include tiredness, headache, sleep disturbance, anorexia, abdominal pain, constipation, irritability and muscle weakness.

What happens if baby has high lead?

High lead levels in the body can cause problems with the brain, kidneys, and bone marrow (soft tissue inside bones). Symptoms of high lead levels can include belly pain, headaches, vomiting, confusion, muscle weakness, seizures, hair loss or anemia (low red blood cell count).

Does lead leave the body?

Shortly after lead is absorbed into your body it travels in your blood to soft tissues and organs, such as liver, kidneys, brain, muscles and heart. The lead can be either stored or excreted into your urine and faeces.

How do you bring lead levels down?

Eat a Healthy Diet to Help Decrease Lead Absorption

  1. Milk and milk products, such as yogurt and cheese.
  2. Calcium-fortified foods and beverages, such as soy milk, tofu and some breakfast cereals.
  3. Green leafy vegetables, including kale and turnip, mustard and collard greens.
  4. Canned salmon and sardines.

How quickly does lead poisoning occur?

Lead poisoning usually takes months or years of exposure to a small amount of lead at home, work or daycare. When exposed to large amounts of lead, it can quickly lead to lead poisoning (acute poisoning).

How long does lead poisoning stay in your system?

Once in the body, lead travels in the blood to soft tissues such as the liver, kidneys, lungs, brain, spleen, muscles, and heart. The half-life of lead varies from about a month in blood, 1-1.5 months in soft tissue, and about 25-30 years in bone (ATSDR 2007).

Do keys have lead in them?

Most keys such as house and car keys contain lead. While some may be made of stainless steel, many house keys and other types usually contain lead since it allows the metal to be formed easily. Brass keys are often up to 2% lead.

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