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Lead Exposure and Toxicity in Children. By Theresa Baker Walden University Student Project July 7, 2009. What is Lead?. Abundant Heavy Metal Highly Toxic Used in a variety of components including Refineries Paint Ceramics Pipes Solders Gasoline Batteries Cosmetics.

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Lead exposure and toxicity in children

Lead Exposure and Toxicity in Children

By Theresa Baker

Walden University Student Project

July 7, 2009


What is lead

What is Lead?

  • Abundant Heavy Metal

  • Highly Toxic

  • Used in a variety of components including

    • Refineries

    • Paint

    • Ceramics

    • Pipes

    • Solders

    • Gasoline

    • Batteries

    • Cosmetics


Why is lead poisoning important to me and my children

Why is Lead Poisoning Important to Me and my Children?


Lead poisoning affects 890 000 us children age 1 5

Lead poisoning affects890,000 US children Age 1-5

http:// kids.niehs.nih.gov/lead.htm


Why is lead dangerous to children

Why is Lead Dangerous to Children?

  • Babies and young children often put their hands and other objects in their mouths

  • Babies crawl on contaminated floors

  • Growing bodies absorb more lead

  • Child brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead


Where is this harmful lead found

Where is this Harmful Lead Found?


Everywhere

EVERYWHERE!


What are the signs of lead poisoning in children

What are the Signs of Lead Poisoning in Children?


Signs and symptoms

Signs and Symptoms

  • Headaches

  • Muscle and joint weakness or pain

  • Excessive tiredness

  • Irritability

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Decreased appetite

  • Metallic taste in the mouth

  • Abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting

  • Constipation

  • http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/lead.htm


Effects of long term exposure

Effects of Long Term Exposure

  • Nervous system damage and Stroke

  • Learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and decreased intelligence

  • Speech, language, and behavior problems

  • Mental Retardation

  • Poor muscle coordination

  • Decreased muscle and bone growth

  • Hearing damage

  • Kidney and Heart Disease

    http://www.epa.gov/oppt/lead/pubs/leadrev.pdf


Exposure to high levels of lead

Exposure to High Levels of Lead

  • seizures

  • unconsciousness

  • death


The effects of lead can be permanent and irreversible

The Effects of Lead can be Permanent and Irreversible

http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/lead/prevent_child.shtml


Test your child for lead

Test your Child for Lead


Can lead poisoning be treated

Can Lead Poisoning be Treated?


How do i prevent lead exposure

How Do I Prevent Lead Exposure?

  • Contact the National Lead Information Center

    • Email to: [email protected]

    • http://www.epa.gov/oppt/lead/pubs/nlic.htm

    • 800-424-LEAD (5323) (Voice - Toll-free)

  • Test home for lead using professionals

    • Risk Assessment test

    • Visual test

    • Portable fluoresce X-ray

    • Lab tests of paint and water samples

    • Surface dust tests

  • Let the professionals remove the lead source


Lead exposure and toxicity in children

PREVENTION

IS THE

KEY


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