The NTP report also states there is “limited evidence” that lead in the blood at low levels is “associated with” delayed puberty and decreased kidney function in children 12 years of age and older. There is “sufficient evidence” that blood lead levels less than ten micrograms in children 12 and older are “associated with” delayed puberty and reduced growth. Lead poisoning may go unrecognized because the symptoms of lead poisoning in children may not be obvious or may be blamed on another cause. According to the Mayo Clinic, those symptoms can include:
- Being irritable
- Lost appetite
- Weight loss
- Sluggishness and fatigue
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Hearing loss.
Children are more susceptible to lead poisoning than adults.
- The first six years of life are critical because it’s the time when the child’s brain grows the fastest.
- Connections within the brain and nervous system that control thought, learning, hearing, movement, behavior and emotions are formed during a child’s first three years.
If you believe your child is suffering from lead poisoning you should see your doctor.
- Physicians normally use a blood test to determine if a child has a high level of lead in his or her system.
- A small blood sample is taken from a finger prick or a vein.
- Lead levels are measured in micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL).
- If there is a level of 5 mcg/dL or greater your child may have unsafe levels of lead in their blood and should have their blood tested periodically.
- If the level is high (45 mcg/dL or higher) your child should be treated for lead poisoning.
In addition to treatment, in order to prevent lead poisoning from getting worse the source of the lead in the child’s environment should be eliminated. Medical treatments for more severe cases of lead exposure include chelation therapy where a medication is given and it binds with the lead in the child’s body, to be excreted in the urine. If you believe your child is showing symptoms of lead poisoning which you believe may be linked to lead in school drinking water, call the Law Offices of James C. DeZao at 1-855-432-2489 or fill out our contact form so we can talk about your child’s situation, how the law may apply in your case and your best options to protect your child’s and your family’s legal rights.