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5 Home Hazards Facing Young Children

The home is a place of safety and security. However, it can also be a place of danger to children if the appropriate steps are not taken to inspect, identify, and remove potential dangers. The identification of potential hazards may prevent an accident that may cause serious health problems.  Poisons Remove all poisons from within reach of children. This means cubbies, drawers, and storage areas in the kitchen, bathroom, garage, and even the shed. Put all poisons and other harmful materials up and ... Read more

Keeping Your Home Healthy and Safe

Being together in one home is what families are all about. However, with so much time being spent indoors, the chances of an accident occurring become greater. Children and older adults are especially vulnerable in terms of becoming injured due to the many hazards that may be present inside the home.  Health Concerns A home is a place where several hazards may exist. Identifying such issues means recognizing the following potential hazards in the home which may include the following.  Lead-based paintWater leaksElectrical issues Mold ... Read more

What Every Parent Should Know About Lead Poisoning

Thanks to growing news reports, particularly from Flint, Michigan, and the issues they are having with their water system, lead poisoning is a topic that is garnering more attention. Lead used to be a common ingredient in paint and gasoline until it was banned in the early 1970s. The effects of lead poisoning, especially on children, can be devastating. What is Lead Poisoning? Lead is similar to the many minerals that are absorbed and passed through the body, such as zinc, iron, and calcium. ... Read more

Elevated Lead Levels in Children

After the banishment of lead from paint and gasoline back in the early 1970s, the effort in the United States to test for lead contamination began to decline. This was because it was believed that paint and other sources of lead were no longer being manufactured and that the number of people and children becoming contaminated with lead would also decline. However, recent studies have steered many of the pediatric health care providers in the US to believe that not enough testing for ... Read more

What Every Parent Should Know About Mold

Mold presents a danger to everyone in your household, but it is especially dangerous for children, whose lungs are not fully developed. Most children exposed to mold will have allergic reactions that will clear up once the spores are removed. It is important to understand why the presence of mold represents a unique danger to babies, toddlers, and young children to a greater degree compared to adults. What is Mold? Mold is a fungus that comes in many different varieties. It thrives in ... Read more

Know the Symptoms of Lead Poisoning

Before 1978, particularly in the 1950s, lead was a common ingredient found in house paint. Homes painted with lead-based paint pose a constant threat even today, as painted surfaces break down over time, releasing lead dust that can be breathed in by children. Windows, doors, steps and porches are key zones where lead dust can be released. Lead-based paint can similarly contaminate the soil around homes, a consequence of chipping paint and renovation activity. People can track this soil into homes where ... Read more

Lead Poisoning: A Modern Plague Among Children

In our modern society, most children in industrialized countries do not have to worry about the black plague or yellow fever or other diseases that killed or damaged so many children in past centuries. There is, however, a much more prevalent and dangerous problem for children in our society: lead poisoning. Lead in the air, in paint, in soil call all have serious effects on children and can be far more dangerous than most types of cancer. One of the Most Preventable ... Read more

Lead Exposure May Cause Depression and Anxiety in Children

A high level of lead exposure has long been known to cause serious behavioral problems in children, however, a recent study has found that even low levels of exposure can create serious problems. Anxiety and depression were among two of the most common affects cited in the study. This study was conducted in China, following over a thousand children in Jintan, where experts believed that pollution, caused by industrialization of the region, was seriously affecting the population. First tested as preschoolers, lead ... Read more