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My Home Was Built Before 1950 So Could My Baby Be Exposed To Lead
Yes: Children are generally tested for lead exposure at 12 months and again at 5 years. Houses built before 1950 generally have lead paint and if you live in one its a good idea to test the walls for lead exposure. Babies, especially when they become mobile, will eat paint chips and even a little lead may build up over time and can cause problems. Make sure your dr knows the age of your house. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Houses built before 1970 may contain lead based paint. Paints now do not contain lead and many of these old houses have now been repainted, however the lead underneath still may pose a risk to children. There are kits you can buy to test the paint on your walls for lead exposure. Test any paint chips you see or parts of the pain flaking off as these are what babies may put in their mouths. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am concerned I was exposed to lead during my pregnancy. Will my baby be affected? What are the possible side effects?
Depends on exposure: Lead has the capacity to harm us when it accumulates body. It can slow brain development & at toxic levels can cause seizures. Simple blood tests can tell the level of your exposure and if your infant was exposed as well. Treatment is available if needed. Since lead was removed from most products decades ago, we seldom see problem levels in kids. Its likely your exposure will not be a problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could i be exposed to lead by being close to a old shutter that contains lead paint (didn't touch it).
Know where it is: Lead is found in many products. Most famous was house paint in the old days. New paint no longer contains lead. Old gasoline contained lead, but newer forms do not. Pottery and jewelry from mexico and from china may contain lead and other dangerous metals. Lead levels can be checked, and chelation treatment can be used if too high. ...Read more
Many ways: Lead is found in many places. Most childhood cases of lead poisoning are from ingesting (eating) lead. Old peeling paint or paint dust (from before 1960), lead solder, and occasionally old pipes can be common sources. Sometimes costume jewellery or keychains may be made of lead as well. Contact your local health dept for common sources in your area. ...Read more
Depends: Some forms are more likely to be problems than others. Aerosolized lead is very toxic and one reason OSHA requires protective gear for those working with it. (Battery reclamation centers) Just being around lead is not a real risk.Your doc can do a simple blood test to monitor exposure. At high levels it can cause anemia/brain damage/seizures/death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer