Why Is Lead Dangerous?
When ingested or inhaled as dust, lead poses a serious health risk to young children. Exposure to lead is associated with a range of serious health effects, including:
- brain, nervous system and kidney damage
- learning disabilities
- poor muscle coordination
- slower growth
- hearing losses
- speech, language, and behavior problems.
While low-level exposure is most common, exposure to high levels can have devastating effects including seizures, unconsciousness, and even death.
Some symptoms of lead poisoning may include headaches, stomachaches, nausea, tiredness and irritability. Lead can also harm children without causing any obvious symptoms.
Source: Adapted from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “Runs better unleaded. How to Protect Your Children From Lead Poisoning.” August 1999.
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