Who does lead paint affect the most? Who is most at risk of the side effects of lead paint?
Lead is particularly dangerous to children because their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults do and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead. Babies and young children can also be more highly exposed to lead because they often put their hands and other objects that can have lead from dust or soil on them into their mouths. Children may also be exposed to lead by eating and drinking food or water containing lead or from dishes or glasses that contain lead, inhaling lead dust from lead-based paint or lead-contaminated soil or from playing with toys with lead paint.
Children ages 0-3 years are at greatest risk for lead exposure due to their rapidly developing bodies; frequent hand-to-mouth behavior; potentially inadequate nutritional status; and parental lack of knowledge of lead hazard prevention and control. Of Detroits 30,307 children one and two years of age, 14,604 (48%) were tested in 2003. Of the 14,604 tested, 1,053 (7.2%) had blood lead levels greater than or equal to 10g/dL, and 1.4% (203) had elevated lead levels greater than or equal to 20g/dL. (48%) were tested in 2003. Of the 14,604 tested, 1,053 (7.2
Adults, Including Pregnant Women
Adults may be exposed to lead by eating and drinking food or water containing lead or from dishes or glasses that contain lead. They may also breath lead dust by spending time in areas where lead-based paint is deteriorating, and during renovation or repair work that disturbs painted surfaces in older homes and buildings. Working in a job or engaging in hobbies where lead is used, such as making stained glass, can increase exposure as can certain folk remedies containing lead. A pregnant womans exposure to lead from these sources is of particular concern because it can result in exposure to her developing baby.
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