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Can lead poison a child through soil?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

There can be a significant amount of lead in soil, especially near roads and highways.

In brief: Yes

There can be a significant amount of lead in soil, especially near roads and highways.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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Dr. Jovi Cacnio
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Oral ingestion only

Lead poisons humans when swallowed.
A child might eat soil (a behavior known as pica). If the soil has a significant lead content, the child can then get lead poisoning. Just playing on soil is not enough to result in lead poisoning (lead doesn't penetrate skin). However, children are notorious for touching everything and then putting their hands in their mouths, so caution is always advised.

In brief: Oral ingestion only

Lead poisons humans when swallowed.
A child might eat soil (a behavior known as pica). If the soil has a significant lead content, the child can then get lead poisoning. Just playing on soil is not enough to result in lead poisoning (lead doesn't penetrate skin). However, children are notorious for touching everything and then putting their hands in their mouths, so caution is always advised.
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