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Childhood lead poisoning Childhood lead poisoning usually produces no physical signs. However, their cognitive ability is affected. Children exposed to increased levels (see chart) are reported to have subnormal intelligence, hyperactivity, aggression, and school failure. Irritability, headaches, anemia, low appetite, fatigue, insomnia, anorexia, apathy, listlessness, cramping and abdominal pain may also occur. Studies show that children can lose up to 5pts of intelligence quotient (IQ) for every 10 μg/dL of lead found in their blood levels. Decrease in attention span that most attribute to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is also a common misconception. Exposure to lead paint is the number one reason for lead poisoning. Especially in the 1950 and 1960’s, paint contained high levels of lead. The most important preventive legislative action to occur was the banning of lead from residential paint in 1978. With renovations of older homes and the erosion of wall paint the problem still remains. Contaminated water and parental
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