Lead Poisoning In Toddlers – 6 Causes & 10 Symptoms You Should Be Aware Of

Lead Poisoning In Toddlers

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Are you worried about the various infections and conditions that your toddler can develop as a result of exposure to outside elements? Do you want to ensure your toddler is protected and safe from all such dangers?

One such threat that affects toddlers and causes various health and other risks is lead poisoning. If you would like to stay updated and know more on how to keep your toddler protected, read our post here.

What Is Lead Poisoning?

Lead can build up in your toddler’s body over a period of months or even years. When there is a high lead buildup in the body, it can lead to lead poisoning. A small amount of lead is enough to cause serious damage and poses many health risks for your toddler. Children, especially those who are younger than six years of age, are at a high risk of contracting lead poisoning. Not only can lead poisoning cause various health related problems, it is also responsible for causing various physical and mental abnormalities and developmental delays. In severe cases, lead poisoning in toddlers can also be fatal (1).

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Causes Of Lead Poisoning In Toddlers:

Here are some of the most common causes of lead poisoning:

  1. Exposure to house paints that contain lead.
  1. Exposure to accumulated dust in older buildings often contains lead.
  1. Exposure to canned food items that contain some amount of lead.
  1. Exposure to contaminated air that contains lead particles.
  1. Contaminated water and soil are also common sources of lead poisoning.
  1. Some toys that contain lead-based paints can cause lead poisoning.

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Symptoms Of Lead Poisoning In Toddlers:

Here are some of the symptoms that may show up if your toddler is suffering from lead poisoning:

  1. Being irritable without any apparent reason.
  1. Constipation on a regular basis.
  1. Fatigue and tiredness even after being well-rested and getting proper sleep and food.
  1. Pain in the abdomen.
  1. Sudden and unexplained loss in weight.
  1. No interest in eating or lack of appetite.
  1. Difficulty in learning new things.
  1. Delays in reaching developmental milestones.
  1. Vomiting without any obvious reason.
  1. Difficulty in hearing or gradual hearing loss (2).

What Are The Risks Associated With Lead Poisoning In Toddlers?

Lead poisoning is a serious issue that can create several risks in your toddler. Here are some of the most commonly seen effects of lead poisoning:

  • Difficulty in paying attention and concentrating.
  • Problems in planning and being able to understand the concept of organizing.
  • Delays in developing fine motor skills.
  • Poor memory issues and not being able to remember things easily.
  • Difficulty in learning languages or being able to speak fluently or in communication.
  • Impaired intelligence.
  • Difficulty in cognitive skills (3).

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Diagnosing And Treatment For Lead Poisoning In Toddlers:

Depending on your toddler’s condition, your doctor will recommend the following method of diagnosis:

  • Carry out tests to check the levels of lead in your toddler’s body.
  • According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, you should test your toddler for lead poisoning between the ages of one and two.
  • The doctor will carry out a blood test to check for lead poisoning. In case the levels are high, he might refer your toddler to treatment.

Depending on the level of lead poisoning in your toddler, the doctor may take the following steps:

The first thing to do in case of lead poisoning is to remove the source of the poisoning. In case of higher levels of poisoning, your doctor will recommend the following therapies:

  1. Chelation Therapy: Your toddler will be given a medicine that will help to bind the lead and excrete it from the body.
  1. EDTA Therapy: The treatment is mainly used for adults but depending on the severity your doctor may recommend it for your toddler.

Lead poisoning is a serious condition that can affect your toddler, so make sure you avoid the most likely contaminating sources.

Did your toddler suffer from lead poisoning? What did you do about it? Tell us about it here. Leave a comment below.

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