Lead: Causes, Effects, and Prevention

Author: Stephanie M Robinson


John Barry School

Year: 2019

Seminar: Lead & Health

Grade Level: 6-8

Keywords: child development, Health, lead, lead paint, lead poisoning, paint

School Subject(s): Science, Environmental Science, Health

Throughout the course of time, lead poisoning has affected many children and families because of exposure to lead paint in older homes and school buildings. Up until 1978, lead was still being used in paints, which created a newer generation of children being diagnosed with lead poisoning, or exposure to lead. Lead poisoning does not discriminate, and effects everyone regardless of their race, or socio-economic status. It is well documented that most at risk populations are children who come from poor socio-economic homes, minority students, and children who live in homes or apartments that are not professionally maintained. Children who are exposed to lead tend to experience developmental and behavioral issues, as well as permanent brain damage and possible death. The developmental and behavioral effects of lead can present itself as hyperactivity, irritability, off task, or inattentive in the classroom and home settings. Lead can be ingested, by coming into contact with someone who works in an industry with lead products, water consumption, or through skin absorption. It is well documented that lead has a sweet taste, which may be a reason children tend to eat lead chips.

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