Effects of Lead Poisoning in children, side effects of lead Poisoning and acute lead poisoning
Exposure to Lead, can occur by contaminated air, water, dust, food, or consumer products.
Some lead compounds are colorful and are used widely in paints, and lead paint is a major route of lead exposure in children.
A study conducted in 1998–2000 found that 38 million housing units in the US had lead-based paint, down from a 1990 estimate of 64 million.
Deteriorating lead paint can produce dangerous lead levels in household dust and soil. Deteriorating lead paint and lead-containing household dust are the main causes of chronic lead poisoning. The lead breaks down into the dust and since children are more prone to crawling on the floor, it is easily ingested.
Many young children display Pica, eating things that are not food. Even a small amount of a lead-containing product such as a paint chip or a sip of glaze can contain tens or hundreds of milligrams of lead.
Eating chips of lead paint presents a particular hazard to children, generally producing more severe poisoning than occurs from dust.
Because removing lead paint from dwellings, e.g. by sanding or torching, creates lead-containing dust and fumes, it is generally safer to seal the lead paint under new paint (excepting moveable windows and doors, which create paint dust when operated).
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