Have you ever dealt with lead poisoning in your lifetime? If exposed to high amounts, lead can be a dangerous and even fatal material. Although steps have been taken to regulate the use of lead in the United States, there are still cases today of lead being found in children’s toys! We want to cover some information behind lead exposure and how this incident could have happened.
Some of the most common sources of lead exposure are through the paints we used to use, imported children’s toys, drinking water contamination, and even more. Luckily, our government has taken steps to reduce these incidents by banning and regulating the amount of lead used in certain consumer products. Although, every once in a while, there might be a slip up.
First of all, why is lead exposure such a big threat? Well, the younger the person is, the more fatal lead exposure can be. Even though lead has been banned in paint, other countries around the world haven’t taken this same initiative. In some cases that we’ll review, lead has been found in the paint on children’s toys that have been shipped from overseas. In addition to those incidents, lead has also not been banned in the use of plastic. Here are a few of the health hazards that can be a result of lead poisoning in children:
- Developmental Delay (hearing problems and speech problems)
- Learning Issues (learning problems and behavioral problems)
These are only a few of the most dangerous symptoms that can occur if a child is exposed to a high concentration of lead. If your child has access to a certain range of toys and jewelry that may contain lead, check them out as soon as possible!
Recently there were two separate incidents that ended in toys being recalled due to high levels of lead that exceeded the federal standard. The first example is the Aflac promotional Doctor Duck plush. The two buttons on his lab coat exceed lead standards and it affected around 635,500 units. The next example is on the Hasbro Super Soaker XP 20 & XP 30. There is a sticker logo on the side of the soaker which exceeds lead standards with the ink used, and it affected around 52,900 units.
Just these small parts of the toy alone can be enough to harm a younger child and even kill them. Although agencies such as the EPA and our own government are monitoring the use of lead more closely, make sure you check out some of the toys and other objects you buy before letting your child use them, especially if it’s a younger child who will stick things in their mouth.
Hopefully this helped you realize there might be some toxic toys or other materials around your household. If you have further questions or need to test consumer products for lead concentration, please reach out to us!