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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 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!

High-Risk Toddlers In State Program Missed Lead Test, Group Says

Nearly three-fourths of California toddlers enrolled in a state-run low-income insurance program did not have their blood tested for lead, according to a recent analysis by health organization.

The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization that conducts research and education related to health issues, studied state records between 2012 and 2016, and determined children enrolled in the Medi-Cal program did not receive the required tests. California law requires testing for lead at ages 1 and 24 months because the highly potent toxin can cause permanent damage in children. This includes neurological, physical and physiological harm in your child such as IQ deficiency, ADHD, aggression, language delay, delayed growth and a lifetime of problems.

How lead poisoning can affect your child

Lead poisoning is the most studied environmental health threat in history. Elevated blood lead levels in children can cause permanent neurological, physiological and physiological harm in your child including loss of IQ, ADHD, aggression, juvenile delinquency, loss of executive function (the ability to multi-task), language delay, delayed puberty and delayed growth.

Lead poisoning is typically caused by deteriorated lead-based paint in rental housing built prior to 1978. Microscopic particles of lead dust and small paint chips can be ingested by a toddler by playing on the floor though normal hand-to-mouth activity. Any blood lead level above 3 mcg/dL is dangerous and can cause permanent, irreversible harm to your child.

Know the signs of potential lead poisoning in your children

With the real estate market so competitive, many people who rent in and around Beverly Hills may simply feel thankful to find a rental unit they can afford. Often, older buildings end up divided into rental units, which may have had lead paint at some point. Many times, landlords choose to simply cover up lead paint with newer, lead-free paint instead of having the lead carefully removed.

Some landlords won't even do that. You could move into a home with paint peeling off of certain areas. Maybe they painted the visible areas with fresh paint, but not the inside of your cupboards and closets.

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