Children have the tendency to chew on the play things or sometimes even swallow bits and parts of the toys. This leads to cadmium poisoning from toys. “Awareness on lead poisoning has not been given much importance in our country. But in western countries children are picked up in schools if they suffer from attention disorder and they are tested for lead poisoning,” adds Dr. Reddy.
Pregnant women should also be aware of lead poisoning. “Lead can be ingested by the babies through the pregnant mothers and cause neurological damage. So, expecting mothers need to be extra careful about lead poisoning. Mothers can prevent this by taking lots of calcium and iron,” says pediatric neurologist, Dr. Ratna Kishore of Lotus Children Hospital. Playing and handling toxic toys and then putting the hands in the mouth can lead to swelling in the brain. This can further lead to convulsions and even coma in the kids. Lead batteries in the toys can lead to acute toxicity in the kids.