My 3 year-old daughter was diagnosed with lead poisoning a little over a year ago. Her initial lead level was 33. The previous residents of our home didn't follow regulations when they changed the windows, which filled the yard with lead. She hasn't had any symptoms, and her levels are within safe levels at this point, but I haven't been able to find much information for parents after children are diagnosed with lead poisoning. All of the information that I can find deals with preventing it.
My question is this: Does anyone know what her prognosis is? I've talked to her pediatrician, but he doesn't seemed very concerned, probably because there is absolutely nothing that we can do at this point. I have been routinely checking her development, and everything checks out fine, but I read in one place that lead poisoning at the age of two may not show developmental delay until a child is four! Is it inevitable that my poor baby is going to struggle for the rest of her life because of this? Is there a possibility it won't affect her, or has our ignorance sentenced her to a problematic future?
I have another five year-old daughter with autism. The idea of watching my healthy little girl deteriorate terrifies me. Is there a doctor or nurse who can give me some real information?View Thread
my daughters pediatrician put her on mild chelation, which quickly reduced her lead level. Last spring she was given a developmental evaluation that put her in the top ten percent for her exact age. the information available online can be a little extreme because there is no cure for lead, only prevention. the average lead level in the 1960s was in the thirties. obviously, you should take it very seriously, but your son's life isn't hopeless at all.View Thread
My daughter is going to turn 4 on March 21st, and I've been checking her development according to the online milestone recommendations. The only thing that she isn't doing is drawing squares. She can draw crosses, but not squares. Is that a big deal? I realized that we have worked on recognizing shapes, but I hadn't encouraged her to draw them. She had lead poisoning, so I get very nervous about her development. Her language and cognitive skills are through the roof, she can balance, hop on one foot, work scissors pretty well, and throw/ catch a ball. It's just those darn squares. Any thoughts?View Thread