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Side Effects Of Lead Poisoning In Children
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Ingestion: Usually from lead paint or contaminated water supply.
Children more vulner: Children are more vulnerable to lead poisoning but anyone can be affected by lead toxicity. Since infants & toddlers often mouth objects & may eat strange material, they can acquire lead from painted surfaces. Once in the system, the lead can travel to blood, producing an anemia &settle in the developing brain. The build up within the brain can have profound effects., .
Constitutional: Because children have smaller bodies, lower amounts of lead may have a greater concentration in the blood. Symptoms include loss of appetite, abdominal pain, vomiting, weight loss, constipation, anemia, kidney failure, irritability, lethargy, learning disabilities (slow to talk), and behavioral problems. Ultimately, mental retardation can be seen.
Well visit: This should be done routinely at their 12m and/or 2 yo visit.See 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Lead testing is a routine part of well child follow ups by pediatricians and family practioners.See 1 more doctor answer
Confusing question: Screening tests that indirectly assess lead exposure are part of routine health care for infants. Direct testing for lead is required by medicaid in infants and toddlers. When or if parents are actually taking their kids in for these visits varies within various cultural or family situations. Low level exposure seldom produces clinical symptoms, high level exposure will produce symptoms.
Multiple: The three major systems affected by lead are - the brain, gastrointestinal and hemopoesis (bone marrow and peripheral blood). Bones is another body tissue that can be affected. Brain damage will be manifested with mental retardation of different degree. Gastrointestinal - constipation, if acutely poisoned, vomiting, pain. Blood - anemia.See 1 more doctor answer
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, .
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.
No unless done often: Soldering is where solder is melted by a hot iron and allowed to cool, thus joining 2 pieces of metal, etc. If this is done rarely, like once in a while, it likely won't cause any side effects, even with lead, but if done often, it might cause lead poisoning as the process might cause some of the lead to be melted, if hot enough. Still, lead has a very high melting point, so it must be very hot.
Unclear question: Have been exposed to lead containing paints, usually found on old houses? Do you work with lead? Do you use utensils with lead glazing? Do you have any symptoms? At your age, unless you have obvious exposure to lead, you need not worry.
Look here: Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/lead-poisoning/fl00068/dsection=treatments-and-drugs.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not likely: Lead poisoning diagnosed initially with a blood level. If exposed about acquiring as adult this will give answer. If as a child you should have been checked and if not the lead should have leached from bones and eliminated. Thr interesting thing is that when I was growing up a level of 60 ok. Now it is 6 or less.
Unlikely: I think it's unlikely unless you are holding lead bullets or shot in your mouth or are eating meat with lead shot still present.See 1 more doctor answer
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