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How does lead poisoning affect children?

Acute, high-dose poisoning, as can occur when a child swallows chips of lead paint, can cause convulsions, coma and even death. Children who recover are often left severely damaged.

Lower-dose exposure can cause loss of IQ, shortening of attention span and disruption of behavior, as well as increased risk of dyslexia and school failure. This is described as “silent lead poisoning.” Despite great reductions in lead exposure in the U.S., silent lead poisoning still affects more than 250,000 1- to 6-year-old children.

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