Identifying Lead Poisoning in Children

Lead poisoning is one of the many dangers to pregnancies and children. Lead, a toxic metal and a very strong poison, is found in many products that we use daily. Once swallowed or inhaled, lead can stay and accumulate in the body, causing severe health complications in the long run.

Lead can be found in many items, such as paint (generally paints made before 1978), gasoline, dust and dirt, and even new toys. The worse thing is that lead is very difficult to see, smell, and taste, therefore making it even harder to detect. Symptoms for lead poisoning are not always apparent: it can affect different parts of the body. Some of the more common symptoms are:

  • Anemia, or low counts of healthy red blood cells
  • Sleep problems, such as insomnia
  • Poor appetite, weight loss, and low energy
  • Learning and behavior problems
  • Abdominal cramping and pain
  • Aggressive, irritable or grouchy behavior
  • Headaches or dizziness

High levels of lead cause seizures, vomiting, weakness of the muscles, or coma. Lead poisoning is very dangerous especially to children because they can disturb the development of the brain and nerves. The younger the child, the more dangerous is lead. Unborn children are most vulnerable, as well as pregnant mothers. Complications from lead build-up are slowed body growth, hearing problems, kidney problems, behavior and attention issues, and reduced IQ.

Lead poisoning is very common, affecting one in 20 preschoolers. It is preventable, and the best way to do that is to prevent children from being exposed to lead firsthand. Because of the dangers that lead exposes children into, personal injury lawsuits are being filed in order to get compensation for those who have been badly affected by lead poisoning. Personal injury attorneys specializing in product liability are the best to represent those who have been harmed because of lead poisoning.


Fall Injuries and How to Prevent Them

According to the National Safety Council Injury Facts compiled in 2011, one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries, and unintentional deaths in or around the home, is falling. Falls especially affect elderly people, aged 65 years or older. These falls can result in serious injuries, such as bone fractures. Among the elderly, hip fractures causing the most complications and number of deaths. The majority of falls are attributed to uneven walking surfaces, including doorways, ramps, and stairs that would otherwise be safe for general use.

The National Safety Council suggests several “fall prevention tips”, such as:

  • Immediately cleaning up spills
  • Keeping walkways open and clear of furniture, drawers, toys, or other obstructions
  • Maintaining lighting, outside and inside the home
  • Placing skid-resistant mats underneath rugs
  • Wearing sturdy shoes that grip the ground well
  • Pointing gutter spouts away from walkways to prevent puddles from accumulating

The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control also recommends that elderly people regularly participate in community exercise programs in order to maintain their physical strength, sense of balance, and in turn, their self-sufficiency. A study, conducted for the NCIPC, showed that subjects who participated in these exercise programs were “40 percent less likely to fall and one-third less likely to suffer a fall-related injury.” Slip-and-falls are a genuine threat of injury and send more than 8 million people to the ER per year. Take steps to protect your home and the ones you love from falls.