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The epidemic raises concerns about lead poisoning in children

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“We are afraid that the missing children are probably at higher risk,” said Dr. Courtney. Some states have reported that immersion in lead examinations is particularly pronounced in children who have been on Medicaid, he added.

For children with lead poisoning, relapses can be devastating. Although there is no way to reverse lead poisoning, dietary supplements և education services can help mitigate the damage. Children who miss their lead display may not receive these essential interventions.

Moreover, in many cases, a high level of blood lead is required to make a lead removal or recovery effort, «“If you do not check, you will not find it,” said Dr. Morry Markowitz, director of the Lead Treatment and Prevention Program at Montefiore Children’s Hospital in New York. “If you do not find, do not intervene, the child continues to obey, continues to potentially take lead.” He added. “And then it can progress,, until you check, everything will get worse.”

Even though lead testing rates were falling last spring, spending time in children’s homes, where lead exposure was likely, was on the rise. The epidemic and the accompanying financial difficulties may also push some families և property owners to delay the renovation and maintenance of the building.

“I’m very concerned that we might have more children who would have been affected if they had been in decontaminated paint houses,” said Dr. Oney Khaldo, Michigan State Medical Executive Director and Deputy Director of Health for Michigan In the Department of Health Human Services. “We just do not know.”

Widespread closure of buildings posed other risks. Although paint is the most common cause of baby lead poisoning, Lead pipes are also dangerous. The longer that water stagnates in such pipes, the more lead leeches enter it. Schools and day care centers that were shut down last year could have dangerously polluted their water when they reopened.

“Some taps may have high levels of lead,” said Hoponik Redmon, a North Carolina junior environmental scientist at RTI International, a nonprofit research organization based in North Carolina. “Water should be washed in schools, in childcare centers,, really, all the places that are closed, until people start using the water again for drinking and cooking.”

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