How does lead poisoning affect young children?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from:
- damage to the brain and nervous system
- Poor coordination, weakness in hands and feet, headaches, seizures, paralysis, coma
- behavior and learning problems
- Irritability or aggressiveness, hyperactivity, being easily distracted, impulsiveness, learning problems, lack of interest in play, loss of appetite.
- slowed growth or reduced stature
- hearing problems