Experts at the Center for Disease Control have issued new guidelines for lead poisoning tests. Officials at the Center are recommending tests for children at age one, age two and every year until age six. The new guidelines suggest that children need half the exposure to lead as previously thought to suffer health problems.
Lead poisoning can produce a variety of symptoms including headaches, irritability, fatigue, constipation, muscle weakness and cause high blood pressure, damage to the brain, nervous system and stomach. Difficulty with attention and reduced IQ are thought to be related to significant lead exposure at an early age. However, many children who suffer from lead poisoning do not show signs of illness.
Lead poisoning is usually caused by exposure to small amounts of lead over a period of month or years. It can also happen over a short period of time with exposure to a large amount of lead. Paint, air, water, soil, food, and manufactured goods contaminated with lead may be found in the home, at work or day care. Lead paint is more prevalent in homes and buildings built prior to 1978.
Toys and jewelry produced outside of the U.S. may contain high lead levels. For a list of recalled products, see the Consumer Product Safety Commission website at www.cpsc.gov. If you are concerned about exposure to lead, your medical professional may recommend a blood test to determine whether your child has lead poisoning.
Call the Law Offices of Henry Hanflik at 810-720-4000 or 888-905-4632 for a free consultation if your child is suffering from lead poisoning. We can help you now!