What are the exposures and symptoms of lead poisoning in a child?
How are children exposed to lead?
Young children can be exposed to lead by eating lead-based paint chips, chewing on objects painted with lead-based paint, or swallowing house dust or soil that contains lead.
What are the symptoms of lead poisoning in children?
Children with high levels of lead in their bodies may have stomachaches, decreased appetite, hyperactivity, sleeping problems or irritability. Because these symptoms are like other childhood problems, lead poisoning is sometimes mistaken for other ailments. Many children with lead poisoning don't show any signs of being sick, so it's important to eliminate lead risks at home and to have young children tested for lead exposure.
What are the effects of lead poisoning in children?
Children with elevated lead levels may suffer from learning disabilities, lowered IQ, behavioral problems, hyperactivity, stunted growth, speech delay and hearing impairment. Convulsions, coma and death can occur at very high lead levels. Childhood lead poisoning can cause problems later in life, such as behavioral problems and high blood pressure.