Lead poisoning prevention campaign launched  to save young kids

Thailand Industrial Standard Institute (TISI) is now campaigning for awareness of the lead poisoning after children in Thailand are still at greater risk from lead  exposure.

The campaign is aimed at urging less use of lead as ingredient in the production industry such as  lead-based paints for homes, children’s toys and household furniture.

There had been campaign in the past to scrap the mixture of lead in gasoline, thus resulting in the drop in the level of lead poisoning in children’s blood around the globe, including Thailand.

But survey in Thailand still revealed that young kids are at greater risk from lead exposure.

Recent survey of blood poisoning revealed that elementary level students in central provinces had high level of lead poisoning from contacts with paints from playground equipment and toys  in public parks and schools.

Also another inspection of painted walls at several children development centres showed more than hundred fold of lead mixture above the permissible standards of 0.01 or 100 milli grammes per litre.

While lead-based paint is still on walls and woodwork in homes, young kids from  babies to   six years old children are at risk of lead poisoning that  will cause serious health problems.

Smaller, growing bodies make them more susceptible to absorbing and retaining lead.

Young kids of one to six years old  are found to have unsafe levels of lead in their blood, which can lead to a wide range of symptoms, from headaches and stomach pain to behavioural problems. Lead can also affect a child’s developing brain.

Long-term exposure to lead, a naturally occurring metal used in everything from construction materials to batteries, can cause serious health problems, particularly in young kids.

Lead is toxic to everyone, but unborn babies and young children are at greatest risk for health problems.