How exactly is lead poisoning first discovered?

Blood test. Elevated lead levels can be detected by a blood test. As a pediatrician, i normally check at risk children at 9 months (when they start crawling) and at 2 years of age; this is done at their check-ups. Lead poisoning can lead to severe neurological problems, so if you suspect a problem, check with your doctor asap.

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What are the first symptoms of lead poisoning?

Constitutional. Symptoms are really variable, but include loss of appetite, abdominal pain, vomiting, weight loss, constipation, anemia, kidney failure, irritability, lethargy, learning disabilities (slow to talk), and behavioral problems (the latter usually in children). Read more...

How long is it supposed to it take for the first signs of lead poisoning to appear?

LEAD POISONING. It depends on the lead level. Kids are screened until age 5 to DX plumbism. Sx appear at once if level is about 20. Normal before was 10 , now below 5. Read more...

How long after exposure does it take for the first signs of lead poisoning to appear?

Variable. In baltimore there were old elegant homes that were decaying. Paint chips would be on the floor. Children in these homes would eat the chips and present to the hospital in coma due to lead toxicity. Children near freeways can have chronic exposure to lead in gasoline fumes that affects learning and behavior over many years. Blood levels can help determine degree of exposure and toxic risk. Read more...