Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Will | 2013/01/14

Q.

Baby with paint chip in mouth

I found something that I realised was a paint chip in my 10 month olds mouth. I took it out, but subsequently found a few other paint chips lying around, and am worried she may have I eaten some.

What should I do? She seems fine, for now. Should we test for lead? I have heard that very little can be done even of she did get lead in her system, and the blood test takes weeks, so I don''t want this hanging over my head.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It is very seldom if ever that paints that are used these days will contain lead. You probably do not need to be concerned. However if the paint is old and dates back to about 1980 then it may still be lead based. In that case you should take your baby to see your paediatrician. If the paint is new you do not need to do this.

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