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What are the symptoms of lead poisoning?

Most children with lead poisoning do not show any outward symptoms unless blood-lead levels become extremely high; consequently, many cases of children with lead poisoning go undiagnosed and untreated. However, some symptoms of poisoning include: 

  • Difficulty paying attention or a prior diagnosis of ADHD
  • Hearing impairment
  • Poor test performance and/or memory skills
  • Compulsion
  • Hyperirritability
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches;
  • Stomachaches;
  • Nausea; 
  • Tiredness;
  • Irritability.

                                                                                                 (ODH, 2010)  

Because the symptoms of lead poisoning are similar to those of flus or viruses, the only way to know if a child is poisoned is to have a doctor perform a simple blood test. 

Blood Testing

The only way to detect lead poisoning is by performing a simple blood test. The bodies of children six-months to two years of age absorb more lead; thus, testing is increasingly important for their health. Nevertheless, all children under the age of six should have their blood-lead levels tested at their regular pediatrician's office or at a public health clinic, even if nothing is apparently wrong with their health

 

 

For more information about lead poisoning, visit EPA's Web site at www.epa.gov/lead or call The National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323).

                                                                                    

Last Updated: 7/27/17