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Why did people ever make lead-based paint?

Lead-based paint is a serious health hazard. It's especially dangerous for children. When they breathe in the dust or even put paint chips directly into their mouths, they can suffer from learning disabilities, IQ issues, mood swings, aggression issues and much more. Lead can stunt their development. While some of the signs only show up as the child gets older, exposure at a young age can have an impact for the rest of their life.

What you may wonder, then, is why lead paint was ever used. You know that people did not understand the negative impact of lead in previous generations. They didn't know it was toxic. Just look at the Romans, who used it in pipes and plates and cups. Only in recent decades have people really discovered just how bad it is.

Could your child's mood swings be linked to lead poisoning?

It's now commonly recognized that exposure to lead-based paint results in reduced IQ, ADHD and other cognitive harm. Medical researchers have also concluded that there is a link between lead exposure in children and aggression and in violent crime in teenagers and young adults.

Kids growing up in East Los Angeles housing who as babies or toddlers were exposed to lead through the cracked and peeling paint on walls and buildings may be able to link their aberrant behaviors and violent tendencies to an early-life exposure to lead paint.

Lead poisoning can have a negative impact on a child's learning

Children who suffer from lead poisoning often have some delayed abilities. This can present challenges for them in school. It is imperative that school districts that have children affected by lead take the initiative to ensure that these kids have the best educational opportunities available.

When there is lead exposure that impairs a child's ability to learn, there must be accommodations made to ensure success. It isn't fair that a child should be set up to fail just because they suffer from this condition.

Lead exposure can cause intellectual disabilities

Children who were exposed to lead may suffer from intellectual disabilities, affecting their entire future. The disabilities will not go away as they age. Instead, they will have to learn how to compensate for them.

It is possible for children with intellectual disabilities to learn new skills, but doing so will take time. This can make school more challenging, and it makes trying to learn things for work difficult. As a parent of a child who might have been exposed to lead, it is imperative that you know the signs early on so you can to minimize the impacts.

Lead poisoning increases your child's risk of ADHD

It is normal for children to display different behaviors as they grow older. Whether that is due to external influences, exploration of boundaries or because of unidentified medical concerns, parents typically observe their children learning new things and responding to numerous situations in a variety of ways.

But in some cases, your child may exhibit undesirable behaviors. If they begin to fidget nonstop, cannot finish their tasks or have increasing trouble with waiting for their turn, they could be suffering from a medical condition. And if your child receives a diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), lead poisoning could be to blame.

El moho, un enemigo silencioso

Últimamente, a nivel mundial hemos podido escuchar que los problemas de salud en cuestión a infecciones respiratorias han ido en aumento y en algunos de los casos estas mismas, han sido mortales.

Según los estudios más resientes, gran parte de las infecciones y alergias respiratorias son causadas por el moho, nombre de varias especies de hongos de tamaño muy pequeño que viven en ambientes húmedos; según la RAE (Diccionario de la Real Academia de la Lengua).

Lead poisoning doesn't only affect children, workers also at risk

Even though lead poisoning is often discussed relating to children because of the serious effects it has on their brain development, many adults are at risk for lead poisoning at work. In fact, thousands of people in the United States work under conditions where enough lead is present to harm their health

Are you aware of the dangers posed by lead poisoning?

Lead is dangerous. It does not take much of it to pose a serious health hazard. An amount equal to one grain of sugar or salt can cause permanent injury. Children are especially at risk because lead harms their developing brains. Consequences to health can be severe. Lead poisoning can cause permanent health problems and can even be fatal.

Symptoms of lead poisoning in children are well known based on decades of research. They include loss of IQ, difficulty focusing and behavioral problems. Yet, because these symptoms are potentially from other sources, lead poisoning is often undiagnosed and not addressed.

What Are The Early Signs of Lead Poisoning?

Approximately 24 million homes in the United States contain dangerous and highly toxic deteriorated lead-based paint. More than 500,000 children 1 to 5 years in age have elevated blood levels. Blood levels as low as 5 mcg/dL are sufficient to cause permanent cognitive, neurological, emotional and behavioral problems in young children.  Toddlers 1 to 3 years old are particularly at risk because they play on the floor and put their hands, toys, books -- you name it -- in their mouth on a constant basis. That hand-to-mouth behavior can transfer lead dust and lead paint chips into a child's mouth in sufficient quantity to result in lead poisoning.

Not all houses or apartments have lead-based paint. Lead was outlawed in the mid-1970s and is not used in modern paints. However, you should assume that any house or apartment built prior to 1978 (and there are literally millions of such homes in the U.S.) contain lead-based paint. Lead-based paint that is chipping, flaking, cracking, chalking or which is the subject of constant friction (e.g., double hung windows and doors opening and closing) is exceedingly dangerous as it can be ingested or inhaled by children. Lead and/or lead-based paint can also be found on old toys, pottery from Mexico or Central America and certain homeopathic remedies and candies from Latin America and Asia. Be careful using these products!

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