Indian Pediatrics

, Volume 55, Issue 1, pp 38–40 | Cite as

Factors Associated With Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Children

  • Sakshi Chaudhary
  • Uzma Firdaus
  • Syed Manazir Ali
  • Abbas Ali Mahdi
Open Access
Research Paper



To determine the prevalence and correlates of elevated blood lead level in children (6-144 months) of Aligarh.


A hospital-based cross-sectional study was conducted. Venous blood was obtained for lead estimation and a structured questionnaire was filled.


A total of 260 children were enrolled. The prevalence of elevated blood lead level was 44.2%, seen mostly in children below 5 years of age. Old and deteriorating wall paints at home was found to be significantly associated with elevated levels.


Lead-based house paints are potential source of lead exposure. Meticulous renovation and painting of the walls with safe paints is desirable.


Causes Lead toxicity Prevention Wall paint 


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© Indian Academy of Pediatrics 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sakshi Chaudhary
    • 1
  • Uzma Firdaus
    • 1
  • Syed Manazir Ali
    • 1
  • Abbas Ali Mahdi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, Jawahaharlal Nehru Medical CollegeAligarh Muslim UniversityAligarhIndia
  2. 2.Department of BiochemistryKing George Medical UniversityLucknowIndia

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