Part 2: NYCHA Lead Poisoning: Do you or your children have it? 🏚😱
Lead poisoning affects everybody, especially expectant mothers, elderly and children. When lead is absorbed in the body, it impacts the nervous system and gets stored in the bones. In kids, even a small dosage of lead can cause delays in brain development and aid in developmental delays and cause behavior issues. Lead in your system can also cause serious long-term effects like high blood pressure, kidney failure and Parkinson’s disease.
🤷🏾 What exactly is Lead Poisoning?
Lead is a highly toxic metal that when entered into the body, accumulates and causes serious problems. While lead is naturally found in the Earth’s Crust, the increase of human activity & pollution has created spaces where it now contaminates the water, soil, dust and air. Humans can only be poisoned if the lead is inhaled or ingested.
👀 What does it look like?
According to mayoclinic.org, lead poisoning can be hard to detect — even people who seem healthy can have high blood levels of lead. Signs and symptoms usually don’t appear until dangerous amounts have accumulated. All the more reason to inspect your homes and get checked regularly to make sure you’re on the safe side.
⁉️ How do you know if you have lead in your body?
Typically, one requests a lead test where a physician measures the Blood Lead Levels (BLL) in the persons body. They’re measured in micrograms per deciliter and depending on the persons’s age and gender each percentage of lead can yield different results. For example, a child with a low dosage might have different results than an adult with the same dosage, simply because the child is still developing.
📊 Did You Know?
🥊Some studies have also linked lead exposure to violent behavior, and higher crime rates that can span at least two generations.
🤕It impairs specific parts of the brain responsible for executive functions andit impairs the communication channels between these parts of the brain
🙃💉 Other recent studies link even minuscule blood lead levels with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Even at concentrations well below those usually considered safe — levels still common today — lead increases the odds of kids developing ADHD
👇🏽Below is a visual of lead levels in children, what they mean and what to do for each level. For more info click here.