For thousands of years, lead has been used in various forms by human civilization. Even in ancient times, however, the ill effects of lead were relatively well known. Today, science has confirmed the dangers posed by even minute amounts of lead. In fact, unlike many other toxic substances, lead has no known “lower threshold” of exposure. In other words, contact with virtually any amount of lead can produce serious problems.
Symptoms of Lead Exposure in Children
Young children are at an especially high risk from lead exposure. The presence of lead in developing bodies over time has been linked to a variety of physical and neurological problems, including:
- Kidney damage
- Reproductive problems
- Cognitive impairment
- Learning disabilities
Unfortunately, most of the harmful effects of lead are long-lasting or permanent; once a child has been exposed, he or she will suffer the consequences for the rest of his or her life.
Sources of Lead
Lead is much more common than many people – even cautious parents – may realize. Children can be exposed to lead through several different channels, including:
- Lead paint in (older) homes
- Lead paint on children’s toys
- Contaminated plumbing and tap water
- Contaminated dinnerware/tableware
In recent years, imported toys from China have attracted media and public attention after they were revealed to contain excessive amounts of lead. In response to the crisis, child injury lawyer Jeffrey Killino took legal action to force Mattel to pay for lead testing for the millions of children who were put at risk by the lead-contaminated products the company sold.
Contact Jeffrey Killino
If your child has been exposed to lead through a contaminated product or other preventable factors, contact child lead paint exposure lawyer Jeffrey Killino at 877-875-2927.