Lead Poisoning - Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for symptoms of lead poisoning?

For chronic lead exposure, you should consult a general physician, or a pediatrician in case of children.

For acute lead poisoning, you should go to the emergency room.

2. Are effects of lead poisoning irreversible?

Neurological and behavioral effects of lead are irreversible.

3. When was lead paint banned in the U.S.?

Lead paint was banned in the U.S. in 1978.

4. What is the test to check if the child has lead in his system?

A small blood sample taken from the childís finger or arm will reveal the amount of lead in the blood.

5. Is lead poisoning fatal?

Yes, severe lead poisoning can cause seizures, coma and death.

6. What are the health supplements that might help in protecting my child against lead poisoning?

Foods rich in calcium, iron and vitamin C have a protective nature against lead poisoning.

7. What are the steps my doctor should take if my childís blood has a high level of lead?

If the presence of a small amount of lead has been detected, steps to prevent further exposure and monitoring of the blood lead level has to be done till it reduces.

If the amount is high, then medicines should be given to lower the amount.

8. What does deleading a house mean?

De-leading a house is to remove traces of lead from all surfaces. Wooden rims of old windows and doors are replaced. Any paint on the walls that is cracking, chipping or peeling is smoothened out.

9. How can I protect my child from lead poisoning?

De-leading a house built before 1978, washing your childís hand especially before eating and taking off the shoes before entering homes will help.

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Liza72

You can actually test your home for lead pretty easily with these: http://www.leadcheck.com They turn pinkish if there's lead present. While you should also get your kids' blood tested, this is a quick and easy way of knowing where there's lead.

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