What are the Signs of Lead Poisoning in Children to be Aware of?

Although lead poisoning is dangerous and harmful for anyone, it is especially damaging for children. Kids under the age of six have a higher risk for severe and long-lasting damage from lead poisoning. Since lead interferes with children's nervous systems, repetitive exposure to lead can cause permanent behavioral and learning disorders.

Unfortunately, detecting child lead poisoning in Iowa can be hard, which is why parents need to know about the signs and symptoms to watch out for, including:

  • Physical Symptoms
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Weight loss
  • Anemia
  • Unexplained fatigue and drowsiness
  • Lack of interest in playing or no energy
  • Kidney failure
  • Hearing loss
  • Delayed or slowed growth
  • Clumsiness
  • Speech delay or loss of speech skills

Behavioral Symptoms

  • Learning disabilities and difficulties
  • Irritability
  • Aggressiveness
  • Easily distracted and trouble concentrating
  • Learning problems and decline in IQ

Sadly, children can be exposed to lead before birth and may experience a slowed or stunted growth and have learning difficulties right from the very beginning of their lives. Because lead has such a damaging impact on young children, parents need to look out for the signs of lead poisoning and get children tested if lead poisoning is suspected.

If lead poisoning is not detected until children have excessive blood lead levels, it can lead to seizures, coma, and even death. If you or your child is a victim of lead poisoning in Iowa, call an experienced Cedar Rapids lead poisoning attorney at Brady Preston Gronlund today at (319) 866-9277 for a free legal evaluation.

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