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My 1 year old has high lead levels!!

He is going to the doctor today to get more blood work done to double check the last one. I have to throw away any really old toys, I have to wash his hands before he eats anything, and I'm freaking out! What is done for babies with too much lead in their systems? It's supposed to be under 10 and his is at about 26! =( I don't know where it is coming from. Has anybody been through this with their little one?

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Asked by Krystal.Ingalls at 11:36 AM on Jan. 12, 2009 in Health

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  • i just went threw this my son is 3 and his leval was 9 ( not as high as yours but.. i would be worried thats high ) we also live in a 120 year old farm house. but we found out that he just needs more iron like meat and i give him a 1/2 a flinston vitman. to help even out his lack of iron. so ask his doc if that would help you. meat and vitmans. my son is getting rechecked next week. and if nothing has worked then they are sending people over to look at my apt. and we go from there. i also give my son pediasure ( one evry 2 days ) for the iron and vitmans. keep me posted and all the best hun xo

    Answer by tabbys4 at 11:41 AM on Jan. 12, 2009

  • There is a medication he can take that will help his body purge the lead.

    Don't overlook older vinyl baby toys too.
    Do you have any older / heirloom baby items like a crib or highchair? Put them away and don't use them
    Do you live in an older home (per 1970)? Check for peeling paint. Older homes can have lead paint. Babies can chew on window sills and injest the lead that way. Dust from the peeling paint will also get into the household dust which babies crawl through, getting it on their hands and putting their hands in their mouths.

    Don't worry. It is correctable. But you do need to find the source. To double check, you can get simple test kits at any hardware store.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 11:44 AM on Jan. 12, 2009

  • Thanks tabbys4! I'm really worried. I hope it's just something I can fix with a vitamin! Here's hoping.

    Answer by Krystal.Ingalls at 11:45 AM on Jan. 12, 2009

  • I've been researching it like a mad woman...I have found out it could be coming from myh husband's job. He works at a factory that makes car parts. That's all I can figure out unless it's in our water since we have well water. We don't have any old toys or baby furniture.

    Answer by Krystal.Ingalls at 11:47 AM on Jan. 12, 2009

  • hang in there, test your home you'll be able to narrow down where it's coming from. well water can contain lead so it should be tested. some old dishes can have lead in the pottery glaze if your using old ones especially can be released with acidic foods on them. It can even be in our air.
    here is a couple good links:">be-contaminated/">">
    Don't panic you know and now that you have that knowledge you can act and move towards change and more knowledge of where it's from.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:01 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

  • It could also be coming from old piping in the house.

    Lead can come frmo so many different things...t's so hard to tell anymore!

    Where I live, we have what's called "Get The Lead Out" program. The government (health department) comes in and does a check of the house to see what the sources of lead are and if you qualify, they will take care of it for you for free. We got all brand new windows last year because they were just coated with leaded paint.

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 2:00 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

  • Thanks mama's. We went and got his test done. It took me plus 2 other people to hold him down plus another to stick him. Let's hope the worst is over with! We should have results by Wednesday and we have an appointment Friday to check him out. They told me until Wednesday to take every toy he has that was made in China up...poor kid only has a small basket of toys to play with until then. =( But I have to do whatever it takes to get him back to normal levels.

    Answer by Krystal.Ingalls at 6:11 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

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