How can lead poisoning damage my health

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Lead is a poisonous part of some common materials—like pottery, paint, fuel, and batteries. Lead poisoning happens when people eat from pots with glazes containing lead or when they eat even a tiny amount of lead dust. It can also happen from breathing in lead dust or from breathing fumes from fuel containing lead.

Lead is especially harmful for babies and children. It can cause low birth weight, poor development, damage to the brain (which can be permanent), and death. So it is important to avoid working with lead during pregnancy.

  • Burns, A. A., Niemann, S., Lovich, R., Maxwell, J., & Shapiro, K. (2014). Where women have no doctor: A health guide for women. Hesperian Foundation.
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