August 3rd, 2007

we can't teach what we don't know
  • uu_mom

Got kids? Health Alert: Children's toys recalled!

Don't panic or we'll need a parent health alert, but I wouldn't want to be the parent who has to figure out how to take away the toys from my kid. The alert:

Fisher Price NATIONAL recall... Surface paints on the toys could contain excessive levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.

Sold at: Retail stores nationwide from May 2007 through August 2007 for between $5 and $40.

Consumer Contact: For additional information contact Fisher-Price at (800) 916-4498 anytime.

I did a little research and found that this isn't the first alert - there have been several others: Collapse )

Lead can kill as we see from the recall story about a free Reebok bracelet that had small parts that a 4 yr. old swallowed which ultimately killed her.

Makes me want to discard anything a young child would put in their mouth that is either painted or metal. Of course, I probably played with toys with lead in them when I was a kid and I'm OK (someone might say "that's a matter of opinion" but I didn't need special ed and my lead levels have never tested high - and yes, I was tested once), but it turns out that my diet could have had something to do with that (see why below).

Of course we all know about peeling paint in old buildings, but lots of things can cause lead poisoning. Here's some more information:Collapse )

You can get a brochure, Lead Poisoning and Your Children, and more information by calling the National Lead Information Center, 800-LEAD-FYI.