Let's Budget!
Where do you need help budgeting?
Blog NEW
Free Printables NEW
Household Bills
House Expenses
Health & Beauty
Knitting Patterns
Home Decor
Freezer Cooking
Freezer Recipes

Make your own Mix
Cookies | Soups | Drinks

Make Cleaners
Slow Cooker Recipes
Crock Pot Cooking
Stir Fry Recipes
Microwave Recipes
Container Gardening
Cars & Vehicles
Home Repair
Budget Travel
Crafty Recipes
Beauty & Bath Recipes
Just for Moms!
Romance Recipes
Kid-friendly Recipes
Pet Treat Recipes
Dog Care Recipes
Custom Search


Homenavarrow Health & Personal Care

Could your child have lead poisoning?

Approximately 434,000 U.S. children aged 1-5 years have blood lead levels greater than the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommended level of 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood.

While lead poisoning often occurs with no telltale symptoms and frequently goes unrecongnized, it can affedt nearly every system in the body. Lead poisoning has been linked to learning disabilities and behavioral problems. When very high levels of lead are present in the blood, seizures, coma and even death can occur.

Many parents believe their children are safe from lead poisoning. However, this is just not true. Children under age six are at the highest risk because they are still growing and developing quite quickly, and because they are more likely to put their hands and other objects into their mouths.

In the US, the major source of lead exposure in children is from lead-based paint, as well as dust that has been contaminated with lead, often found in deteriorating buildings. In 1978, the US banned all use of lead-based paint in housing, but there are millions of older housing units where lead-based paint and lead-contaminated house dust are present.

Other surprising sources of lead are found in some hobbies, such as in stain-glass windows, and some work, such as recycling or making automobile batteries. Lead can also be found in water, due to lead pipes, solder, brass valves and brass fixtures because they are can leech lead. Some popular home health remedies also contain lead, including arzacon, greta, and pay-loo-ah.

If you suspect you or your child may have lead poisoning, you should see your doctor to get tested, and learn the amount of lead (if any) is in your blood. Your doctor can then advise on your best course of action, based upon your results.


MomsBudget Blog


2001-2012 MomsBudget.com Budget Help for Moms!