Hidden Dangers of Lead

Hidden Dangers of Lead

Deaths from lead poisoning are now rare, but it is not unusual for a child’s blood to contain enough lead to cause intellectual and developmental delay, neurologic problems, kidney disease, and anemia. Today, lead-based paint is the most common source of lead poisoning in children. Over many years, painted surfaces crumble and become common household dust. Lead-filled soil is another known risk. But some important sources of lead are often overlooked.

Each week the CDC publishes a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) to highlight important recent trends in health and illness. The August 9, 2002 issue encourages parents to be on the lookout for other, less common sources of lead, such as imported candies (lollipops), pottery and folk remedies. In the US, most of these come from Mexico. Greta and Azarcon are both lead-containing powders that are mixed with liquid and given to children treat stomach or intestinal disorders.

How sad to be tenderly giving something to help your child that hurts him without your knowing.

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Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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