Childhood lead poisoning from paint chips: a continuing problem.

Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine

PubMedID: 12468669

Su M, Barrueto F, Hoffman RS. Childhood lead poisoning from paint chips: a continuing problem. J Urban Health. 2002;79(4):491-501.
Although lead poisoning (plumbism) has been recognized for centuries, lead exposures still occur frequently today because of its varied uses and persistence in the environment. Despite the awareness of the adverse effects of lead on adults, childhood plumbism was first reported only about a century ago. Young children are one of the most vulnerable groups to the adverse effects of lead because of their rapidly developing central nervous systems. Federal regulations in the 1970s have been successfully implemented to decrease the amount of environmental lead by decreasing the content of lead in gasoline and indoor paint. However, almost 30 years after these laws were passed, inner-city housing with leaded paint still exists. We describe three children living in New York City who developed plumbism from the ingestion of leaded paint chips.