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Side Effects of Lead Poisoning

When a child is poisoned by lead, outward physical signs of poisoning do not immediately appear, but even the smallest amount of lead can cause permanent brain and neurological damage.

Some of the signs and symptoms associated with lead poisoning in children may include:

  • Learning difficulties and developmental delays
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Sluggishness/fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Hearing loss
  • Slowed growth
  • Impairment of visual-motor function
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Reading under-achievement
  • Impaired reaction time
  • Loss of auditory memory

Only blood tests can determine the amount of lead in a child’s system. In October of 1991, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) redefined toxicity as blood lead levels of 10 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL) or more. At toxicity levels, adverse health effects have been observed, but harmful effects have occurred at levels even lower than 10 mcg/dL.

Lead poisoning can also affect other parts of the body besides the brain. Lead blocks the absorption of calcium, which can affect memory storage, and also attacks the peripheral nervous system, which can cause a decrease in muscle strength. Additionally, lead accumulates in the kidneys, which can deliver a number of endocrinologic effects. The liver, spleen, and immune system function are also impaired when lead is present in the body.

If your child has been exposed to lead-based products and is now suffering from the side effects of lead poisoning, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Contact our lawyers today for additional information or get your free consultation now. You can also give us a call at 855-800-0093.