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Monday, October 22, 2018

Protect our Family from Lead Poisoning

As a parent I strive to protect my children and do all I can to do just that. There are so many things to protect them from in this world. One thing that many may not think of is lead. Protecting our children from exposure to lead is important in order to ensure they have a long life of good health.

There has been no safe lead level identified. It has been proven that even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement. Effects from lead exposure can not be corrected. Parents have many ways to protect child's exposure to lead. First and upmost is to stop children from coming into contact with lead. In order to do this lead hazards in the child's environment must be identified Some ways exposure happens are:

Nearly everyone can receive a bit from lead poisoning. Children under 6 years of age are most risk. Children this age often put their hands or other objects contaminated with lead dust into their mouths. Children living near the poverty line or under often live in older houses that are at greater risk. Lead paint was not banned until the later 1970s and houses built before this time may have paint that is peeling making the lead contamination higher.

You can help protect your children from lead poisoning by having the test and dust in your home tested for lead. Make sure that there are no surfaces contaminated with peeling paint the child can reach. Regularly wet mop floors and wet wipe window components to rid of lead dust.

Bare soil is another way that lead poisoning can take place. Grass should be planted on top of the bare soil or cover with mulch or wood chips.

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