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Can you get lead poisoning from a pencil if your child accidently pricked himself?

Can you get lead poisoning from a pencil if your child accidently pricked himself?

No: The "lead" pencils do not have any lead in it, therefore no risk of poisoning. There's a risk of foreign body in ears or nose, so try to keep toddlers away from them anyway... Read more

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Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

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My baby put the end of a carpenter pencil in her mouth will she get lead poisoning?

My baby put the end of a carpenter pencil in her mouth will she get lead poisoning?

Unlikely: If she only put it in her mouth briefly and did not eat the pencil lead and has not done this before on several occasions it is unlikely that she will have lead poisoning from this one time. But if you are concerned and unsure about how much past exposure she may have had she can have a blood test for lead level by her doctor. Read more

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Is it safe for my child to chew on pencils? Lead poisoning risk?

Is it safe for my child to chew on pencils? Lead poisoning risk?

Yes: Pencil lead is actually a non toxic material called graphite. Unpainted pencils only a problem if baby bites off chunks and chokes on them. I don't believe that the paint on pencils is a problem if they are made in the us. I have reservations for any painted material coming out of china as they may have toxic material in the paint. Read more

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Can you get lead poisoning from any regular or artist's pencils in the u.S.?

Graphite: The "lead " in pencils is not lead, the metal. It is graphite. There is nothing toxic about graphite. Read more

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If you stab yourself with a pencil will you get lead poisoning?

No: No, mostly because the 'lead' in a pencil is not the metal, but graphite, which may leave a stain but does not poison. Read more

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Pencil tip stuck in hand. Can I get lead poisoning from this?

No: The pencil tip is composed of graphite, a non toxic substance. You might get an infection if you don't care for the wound, but you cannot get lead poisoning. Read more

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What to do if I got a piece of pencil thing in my eye when my pencil snapped, can I get lead poisoning?

No: Pencil lead is actually a non toxic material called graphite. It has no potential to cause lead poisoning.Your primary risk would be infection from the wound. Read more

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Why nobody gets lead poisoning from pencils?

Why nobody gets lead poisoning from pencils?

Not lead: Pencil lead is actually a non toxic material called graphite. Read more

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What should I do if there is mechanical pencil lead in my foot? Will it give me lead poisoning?

What should I do if there is mechanical pencil lead in my foot? Will it give me lead poisoning?

No: Pencil "lead" is actually graphite, not really lead, so you will not get lead poisoning. If you have a solid piece in you foot then it should be removed (like a splinter). If you don't actually have a solid piece of graphite under the skin, but the the tiny remnants, then I would treat it the same as any other wound caused by a splinter. Read more

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When would you suspect your child has lead poisoning?

When would you suspect your child has lead poisoning?

Pica: If a child is noted to ingest paint chips from peeling paint, or ingesting non food substances, they should have a lead blood test. Abdominal pain and headache are common signs of high lead levels. Speak to your pediatrician to have a blood lead level done. Read more

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If a child gets lead poisoning, how long does it take for his system to clear after no longer getting exposed?

Months: Once absorbed, 90% is stored in bond as lead phosphate. The other 10% is taken up by the red blood cells, the brain, the kidneys, and the liver, where toxic effects can develop. To excrete lead: 90% put out in stool; 9% in urine; it takes twice as long to excrete lead as to absorb it. The one-half life of lead in body is 2 months. So the level will decrease by 1/2 every 2 months. Read more

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What is the long term effects on a child's brain from lead poisoning?

Lead and brain.: This is very difficult question.. Lead has no specific brain marker=no specific brain area targeted. Certain forms of learning issues can occur but I believe also need to rule out genetics. In lead encephalopathy=moribund= seizures and retardation can be a possible outcome. Medical record pre diagnosis important to review, . Read more

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What kind of long term effects would lead poisoning have on a child's brain?

What kind of long term effects would lead poisoning have on a child's brain?

Brain development: Impaired brain development and mental retardation, behavioral problems, seizures are among the long term effects. For more information you may wish to consult the website listed below. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/lead-poisoning/fl00068. Read more

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Can I get lead poisoning from pottery from china?

Hard to say: There are lead testing kits that can give you a quick answer, but you'd have to have the pottery in-hand to do the test. Read more

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How do you get lead poisoning?

Many possibilities.: Lead was used as an additive to paints used in home building years ago & the inhalation of paint dust during renovations, or kids chewing on cribs painted with lead paint provided some. Exposure to clothes of someone working in around lead (battery reclamation) or that from lead paint on decorative dishes were also common. Removal of lead from many of these products has reduced public risk. Read more

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How can you get lead poisoning?

Lead in environment: Sources of lead include old paint (babies chewing on windowsills); soil near a highway; pottery with lead based glaze (usually imported); and some toys have been found to have lead based paint (again- imported. Lead based paint is no longer used in the US. Read more

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Could I get lead poisoning from microwaving glazed cups from mexico?

Possibly: Pottery may contain lead in the glaze. It is not advisable to eat or drink from them. Regular use could cause lead poisoning and is definitely not advisable if you are pregnant or for children. Read more

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Do you know if I could get lead poisoning from herbalife? What are the symptoms and how do I get tested?

Don't worry: Herbalife is a big-big-money multilevel marketing scheme offering products that I think most healthtap physicians wouldn't recommend. From my reading, the allegations of lead in the products were brought by a single career criminal for whatever reason. If you want to be tested for lead poisoning, any physician can do it. Read more

Dr. Sarandeep Makkar
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Lead Poisoning (Definition)

A condition that occurs when lead builds up in the body, often over months or years. Even small amounts of lead can cause serious health problems. Children younger than six years are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect their ...Read more