Young children are more vulnerable to exposure to this metal
Young children are the most vulnerable to exposure to lead and parents can take preventive measures to ensure minimal exposure to lead.
Dr. Teresa Reich, medical director of the Emergency Department of Pediatrics at OSF San Francisco Medical Center in Peoria, explains that there are two types of exposure to lead: acute poisoning and chronic long-term exposure .
Children exposed to a high amount of lead, such as in the case of swallowing a weight of fishing lead, fall into the category of acute poisoning and are rare cases.
More often children are exposed to lead in the long term in small doses, such as lead dust and paint or lead in water. The treatment for the two cases may be different, as Riech explains.
Chelation therapy is often used in cases of lead to mitigate blood lead levels. However, Reich states that it is more effective in cases of acute poisoning than in chronic exposure, or long-term. Chelation therapy cost is not high but it’s affective method to eliminate the lead from body.
Chelation therapy is a biological process , both preventive and curative, used permanently by all living organisms, through which, calcium, fats and heavy metals such as lead, chromium, iron, aluminum, mercury, cadmium and vanadium, highly harmful, to be found in the circulation, in the walls of the arteries and in the joints, are carried away by the chelating substance and eliminated by the urine , detoxifying the organism and reactivating essential vital functions and increasing the oxygenation and vitality of all the organism.
“Chronic exposure at that point is not the ideal therapy,” he says.
The danger of lead
Lead is dangerous for children under 3 years of age, because their brains develop rapidly. It can lower a child’s IQ and cause problems of intelligence and behavior. Lead can have neurological effects, as well as affect behavior.
The problems can last until the age of 7.
It also affects the child’s calcium level, and can cause bones to fracture easily, as well as cause dental problems.
Exposure to lead can also lead to kidney problems, high blood pressure and reproductive problems , issues that can be passed on to children.
Effects on adolescents and adults
Lead can have these effects in older children as well.
The first step to protect children from exposure to lead is to speak with a pediatrician or have the child take a heavy metal test
Lead can only be a factor that contributes to certain pathologies, but the effects it causes in the long term are often not clear exactly.
The long-term effects are the reduction in learning and abbreviated attention. It is impossible to say whether lead has caused this or if other factors in the child such as genetic makeup or the psychosocial environment are the cause of the problems the child may have. Lead can be a contributor, but it may not be the only cause for concern
Parents should notify their doctors if they live in older homes, built before 1980, and teach good hygiene practices such as washing hands before eating.
A healthy diet can help combat the potential for lead exposure. Foods rich in iron and calcium can help absorb lead in a child.