Lead poisoning can happen to any child without your noticing. So many items contain lead that can be transferred to your child’s hands and into their mouth. Lead poisoning can cause headaches, stomach troubles and body aches among other symptoms and it can even cause death. You can prevent lead poisoning in your child by keeping your child away from lead sources.
If you live in a house that is from the 1970’s or older you need to be aware of the paint that is on and in the house. Paint manufacturers at that time use to put lead into paint that was used on houses. Now paint is made with safer ingredients but even so you should keep your child away from paint and paint chips.
The place you live can have dust that is contaminated with lead particles. It is a good idea to wash your child’s toys and play area often to keep them free from lead dust. You should wash your child’s hands frequently to keep them clean and free of lead since children like to put their hands into their mouths.
Anytime you are redecorating you should keep children away from the work area. Cover the area you are working in with plastic and tape it down with duct tape so the dust stays in the work area. Prevent the dust from going into the area that children are in and wash yourself off after you work in the redecorating area before you hug your kids.
You need to be concerned about the soil around your home since paint could have fallen into the soil contaminating it with lead. When the paint is scrapped off the siding it falls on soil and leaves behind lead. If your child plays around the contaminated soil they can pick up lead. You may want to keep your child from playing in areas of bare soil to help prevent lead contamination. If they get enough lead into their system it can cause health problems that would stay with the person for life.
Lead is most likely found in old paint and dust. It is best to avoid contact with lead to prevent contamination. Look around the places your child goes like their day care, grandparent’s homes and play grounds. Avoid places where lead could be a problem and you will prevent lead from being a crisis.
You can read more on how to keep your child safe from lead poisoning at http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips.htm.