Signs of Lead Poisoning in Children

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Since the late 80s, the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of California have sent numerous warnings to school districts urging them to test water sources for lead contamination. While many warnings were made, school officials failed to do so, leaving hundreds of thousands of children exposed to lead in their drinking water.

Lead poisoning can cause various health problems in children, including behavioral issues, learning disabilities, and even developmental delays. If you suspect your child may have been exposed to lead, it is crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

What is Lead?

Lead is a heavy metal found in various products and materials, including paint, pipes, and cosmetics. When these products are corroded or old, they can release lead into the air, water, or soil. If children are exposed to lead, it can enter their bloodstream and cause damage to their brains and nervous system.

Signs and Symptoms of Lead Poisoning

Lead poisoning often occurs without any obvious symptoms. However, there are some signs that parents can look for that may indicate that their child has been exposed to lead. These include:

  • Behavioral or learning problems
  • Poor growth
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue

Next Steps

While you can get your child tested for lead poisoning, parents must know that the test only shows exposure from the past 7 to 10 days. The California Natural Resources Agency put together a report listing schools in the state where lead testing is being conducted. If you’re unsure if you should get your child tested, be sure to check out the report for more clarification.

If you believe your child has been a victim of lead poisoning from one of the schools listed in the report, you may be eligible to pursue a California school lead poisoning case. Our team at Kershaw Talley Barlow has the resources and experience to fully investigate your child’s situation to determine if their lead exposure is connected to their condition.

Call us at (916) 520-6639 or fill out a consultation request form to get in touch with a member of our team.

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