Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: James | 2012-10-23

Q.

Paint odour

I am very careful about not exposing my 8 month old daughter to chemicals, however, as I walked to a lift outside my flat, and I noticed that there was a faint odour of paint.The area was partially ventilated, but the smell is still noticeable after a week. I have avoided going back there, and I would guess that her exposure was less than 2 minutes.

Is there any risk from the paint odour exposure to her brain and development? I didn''t notice any changes in her behaviour. And the smell wasn''t particularly strong.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You do not have to be concerned. Your baby will not be harmed at all especially following such a brief exposure to a paint smell. It is really only paints that contain lead which are harmful for babies, especially when they accidently eat tiny amounts of this kind of paint when it is old and flaking off.The vast majority of paints are now lead free so this is usually no longer a problem either.

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