Factors Associated With Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Children
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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.
KeywordsCauses Lead toxicity Prevention Wall paint
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