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Nanny’s Notes

Issue 1, May 20, 2000
Lead Poisoning

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Welcome to Nanny's Notes!

Welcome to the first issue of Nanny's Notes and thanks for subscribing!

I'm mother to one fine grown daughter, Heidi, and grandmother to one delightful four-year-old, Olivia, who calls me Nanny (hence the name of this newsletter). I've been blessed to be able to help take care of Olivia since she was three months old, and we've had lots of fun together over the past four years.

I'll be handling the info in Nanny's Notes for parents, while Olivia will be helping me find good ideas and sites for kids.

I hope you enjoy this first issue!

Donna
Donna Dolezal Zelzer
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Studies Link Lead to Delinquency and Lowered Cognitive Ability

Recent research suggests that lead may be even more harmful to our children than previously thought. One study indicates that millions more children may have lead-linked mental impairment than realized, while a second supports a strong link between lead exposure and juvenile delinquency. This may mean that the current standard for acceptable levels of lead in the blood is too low.

Reports on these studies were presented Monday, May 15, 2000 at a joint conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Pediatric Academic Societies.

In a study of 417 young people, significantly higher bone-lead levels were found in those who had been convicted of delinquency than in a comparison groups with no juvenile convictions, according to Dr. Herbert Needleman of the University of Pittsburgh. He says that the findings suggest a possible link between early lead exposure and 11 to 37 percent of arrested delinquents.

In the second study, Dr. Bruce Lanphear of Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati found cognitive impairment, especially affecting reading ability, in children with lead levels as low as 2.5 micrograms per deciliter. The current US government acceptable blood lead level is 10 micrograms per deciliter.

Most of the children had blood lead levels below 10; but for every increase of one microgram, there was an estimated reduction in reading scores of 1 point and a slightly smaller drop in math scores. Lanphear says that the findings suggest that harmful effects are seem with the lowest detectable blood lead levels, and that the recommended limit "is inadequate to protect children." He proposes a maximum threshold of at least half the current limit.

Lead is a toxic metal that can interfere with the development of the central nervous system. Severe lead poisoning can lead to seizures and death, but can sometimes be treated with medication. However, more subtle declines in mental functioning that have been linked to lead are persistent and may be permanent. Lead can be detected in blood and bone, which is how levels are measured. The most common cause of lead poisoning is from the lead paints that were used in the 1960's and earlier. Lead can also be found in dust, soil, water, food, and in the air.

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How Can You Protect Your Family From Lead Poisoning?

Tips from the Lead Poisoning FAQ:
http://www.epa.gov/r02earth/epd/ques_ans/lead_p.htm

* At least once a year, take your children under 6 years old to be tested for lead.

* Keep children away from peeling paint.

* If your home was built before 1960, and you have peeling paint, call Department of Housing Preservation and Development at 212-960-4800

* Wash children's hands before they eat, after they play outdoors and before they go to sleep.

*Wash your hands before preparing food. * Wet mop floors, and wipe furniture, window sills and other dusty surfaces.

* Don't let children play under bridges, near highways and heavily traveled roads. Serve meals that are high in iron and calcium to help prevent lead from being absorbed into your children's bodies.

* Run cold water for at least a minute before using.

* Never use hot water from the faucet to make baby formula or for cooking. For testing water, call the Department of Environmental Protection 718-699-9811.

* Purchase bottled water for home and office consumption.

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Summer Pool Safety

This information is from a long article on summer safety from the American Academy of Pediatrics: SUMMER SAFETY TIPS
http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/maysafety.htm

*Never leave your child alone in or near a pool, not even for a second or two. When infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arms length at all times.

*Make sure any adults watching children know CPR and how to rescue a child.

*Surround your pool with a sturdy five-foot fence on all sides and make sure the gates self-close and latch at a height above the reach of young children.

*Don't use inflatable swimming ads. They are not a substitute for approved life vests and can give your child a false sense of security

*If your child is younger than four years old he is not developmentally ready for swim lessons, If you enroll him in a swim program at a younger age, do NOT assume that this will decrease his risk of drowning, and DO continue to keep a close watch on him when he's in the pool.

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Kids Like Ours
http://www.kidslikeours.com
This site has games, songs, flannel board stories, book and software reviews, various projects to work on with your children and much more. It's definitely one Olivia and I will go back to!

One of the projects that appeals to me is a Dragon Diorama made of clay, Easter grass, and a shoebox.

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The Alliance To End Childhood Lead Poisoning
http://www.aeclp.org/

You can find out more about lead poisoning and how to prevent it at this site. There's an informative article "About Lead Poisoning", as well as information about safe painting practices, their prevention policy, publications, projects and more.

The Alliance To End Childhood Lead Poisoning is a national, non-profit public interest organization dedicated exclusively to preventing childhood lead poisoning.

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No. 2, May 27, 2000: Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome
No.3, June 3, 2000
No. 4, June 10, 2000: Fire Safety
No. 5, June 17, 2000: Playground Safety
No. 6, June 24, 2000: Toy Safety
No. 7, July 1, 2000: Car Seat Safety
No. 8, July 8, 2000: Dangerous Substances in the Environment
No. 9, July 15, 2000: Summer Health and Safety
No. 10, July 22, 2000: Breastfeeding and Attachment Parenting
No. 11, July 29, 2000: Fun and Games
No. 12, Aug 5, 2000: Arts, Crafts, and Paper Fun
No. 13, Aug, 12 2000: Everyday Safety
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No.3, June 3, 2000
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No. 5, June 17, 2000: Playground Safety
No. 6, June 24, 2000: Toy Safety
No. 7, July 1, 2000: Car Seat Safety
No. 8, July 8, 2000: Dangerous Substances in the Environment
No. 9, July 15, 2000: Summer Health and Safety
No. 10, July 22, 2000: Breastfeeding and Attachment Parenting
No. 11, July 29, 2000: Fun and Games
No. 12, Aug 5, 2000: Arts, Crafts, and Paper Fun
No. 13, Aug, 12 2000: Everyday Safety
The Rest of the Issues