Lead is a metal that is fully found in the environment and is used in many industrial sectors. Exposure to very small amounts of lead is harmless, but if the baby frequently comes into contact with many objects and things in the environment contaminated with lead - water, toys, food, pencils, etc. - he may suffer from lead poisoning, and his life may be in danger!
What are the lead things your baby comes into contact with?
Your baby may come in contact with the lead at every step. From the paints with which the door frames or the windows or the varnishes to the floor and to the water and toys are painted, the little one can be easily contaminated with large quantities of this metal. Toys must be checked before being purchased. On their label it usually says if there are lead marks or not or if this metal was used in their manufacture.
Lead is also found in water, soil or air. Cars, factories or mines are the main sources of lead air contamination, while paints and industrial wastes contaminate the soil.
What symptoms appear and what are the risks to which the baby is exposed?
The symptoms of lead poisoning depend on the extent to which the child has been exposed to lead. There are a few mild manifestations of moderate lead exposure:
• lack of appetite;
• belly pain;
• sleep problems;
The side effects of exposure to large amounts of lead can be manifested in children through severe symptoms of:
• learning and behavioral problems;
• deterioration of the nervous system and brain;
• slowing growth;
• hearing problems;
• increased aggressiveness.
A very high exposure to lead can, in very rare cases, even lead to death.
How can you prevent your baby from being exposed to lead?
• If you are staying in the new house, check all the windows and door frames and make sure they do not contain lead; test them if it is not very safe;
• always check the toys you buy; make sure they are free of lead;
• tests the tap water for lead traces; if there are residues, give the child to drink and make food with bottled water or other water sources (always use cold tap water for cooking and consumption, because the hot water pipe is more contaminated with lead than the one cold);
• Responsibly stores, in isolated spaces, the devices in the house that contain lead (batteries, pesticide chemicals, cleaning products, etc.); make sure they are out of reach of the baby;
• allow the child to eat foods high in iron and calcium, because they are nutrients that prevent the absorption of lead in the body;
• Do not walk around the house with the shoes you go outside, because it leaves traces of dirt, which can be contaminated with lead and can easily reach the clothes, toys and other objects that babies often come into contact with.
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