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QUESTION: Effects of various blood lead levels in children. What's regarded as a high PbB in Broken Hill? 14/04/09   Victoria, Australia

I would like to request more information on dangerous and non dangerous lead levels and the affects of those levels in children.  My son has grown up in Broken Hill and has been having symptoms of high lead levels, such as, behaviour problems, learning complications, and trouble with concentration.  When he was born, the cord blood was tested and it was high, and remained high for a number of years.  5 years ago, he began residing with his father and since hasn't had a follow up blood test done. I am in the process of arranging a blood test for my son, and have also had him attend a number of doctors appointments regarding this matter.

ANSWER: Apr 17 2009

Hi Shari,

I will email you our Info Pack on the dangers of a blood lead level above 2 micrograms per decilitre which is the best answer I can provide to your question as to what is a dangerous blood lead level. The truth is, ANY lead has some damaging effect in the body and the difficulty comes in determining how much damage, or what blood lead level, is "acceptable" to society. Currently in Australia, 10 micrograms per decilitres worth of damage is regarded by the federal health department as "acceptable". Personally, I only find that the damage which occurs below 2 micrograms per decilitre is acceptable. What's regarded as a high blood lead level (PbB) in Broken Hill? I would be interested to know your son's past and current blood lead levels.

All the best

Yours Sincerely

Elizabeth O'Brien

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