Monday, June 12, 2017

Lead Exposure in Children Linked to Behavioral Problems and Academic Struggles

Researchers have found that children with higher exposure to lead tend to struggle more in school and get into more trouble than peers with lower levels of lead in their blood, adding to the growing body of evidence about the harms of lead exposure for children. Children can come into contact with lead from multiple sources, but parents and communities can take proactive steps to limit the harms caused by this toxic metal. People in South Florida locations like West Palm Beach, Miami Beach, Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale can hire top lead abatement south florida businesses to eliminate lead from its various sources.

Children and adults can become exposed to lead, a dangerous and toxic heavy metal, from numerous sources, including lead-based paints, metal pipes and soil, with serious repercussions for high levels of exposure. Lead exposure can cause mental deficiencies, poor concentration, gastrointestinal problems, problems with concentration, fatigue, memory loss, nausea, irritability, learning disabilities, joint pain and many other symptoms.

According to the new paper by researchers at Cornell University and Brown University, children who have higher exposure to lead in their homes and in the environment face more disciplinary problems and under-perform scholastically than their peers. These children tend to get suspended from school more often, and they score worse on tests and earn poorer grades. The researchers published their paper in the National Bureau of Economic Research in May.

To deal with the problem of lead paint and lead in soil, people in places like Miami, Aventura, Hialeah, Doral, Coral Gables, Cutler Bay and North Miami Beach have contracted with licensed lead removal miami firms to test for lead in houses, apartment buildings, schools, parks and other locations. Removing lead from areas where children play, such as parks, ball fields and playgrounds, can greatly reduce their risk for exposure.