Lead Poisoning in Children: Causes, Symptoms, And What to Do About It

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Lead poisoning is a serious affliction for anyone, but especially so for children. Children are particularly susceptible to the effects of lead poisoning. As such, understanding the causes and keeping an eye out for symptoms and signs of lead paint can help you prevent the worst effects of lead poisoning.

What causes lead poisoning in children?

Lead poisoning is primarily caused by ingestion of leaded dusts. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to tell when a child has been exposed to lead. Many items that we come into contact contain lead. This includes the pipes that bring us our drinking water or the paint that covers our home (this is only true of homes built prior to 1978).

Symptoms of lead poisoning

Lead poisoning can impact any part of our bodies, but it can be difficult to pinpoint exact symptoms. This is because many of the common symptoms are often confused with other conditions.

Below are some of the most common lead poisoning symptoms in children:

  • Slowed growth
  • Behavior and learning problems
  • Anemia
  • Hearing problems
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite

What to do about lead poisoning

If you suspect your child is a victim of lead poisoning, the first thing to do is take them to their doctor. There, the doctor can order a blood test to confirm lead poisoning and prescribe a treatment. You should then take steps to remove any lead that your child may have been exposed to. This will require  lead testing of your home.

Axiom Service Professionals offers lead-based paint testing and risk assessment for homes and businesses. Contact us today to learn more.