by Leon Todd
Lead poisoning problems, over the years, have become such an issue in Milwaukee that Attorneys have been specializing in Lead Paint Poisoning Personal Injury.
While the city as a whole has made some progress, after losing a lawsuit with the lead paint industry, certain areas of the city lead poisoning rates remain unacceptable when compared to the progress the city as a whole has made.
Jason Fields, elected state representative, has become a leading advocate in the Wisconsin State Legislature for more equitable distribution of State funds to address the lead poisoning parents sometimes may be inclined to punish a child for certain behavior problems or keep them out problem in the inner city.
Fields is especially concerned about the effect lead poisoning is having on educational achievement test scores of public school children from his area.
In an interview, Fields noted that a more severe lead poisoning problem in a child can cause irritability, headaches, sleeplessness, chest and stomach pains, vomiting, muscle weakness and a certain metallic taste in the mouth.
Fields said that while of school for issues related to lead poisoning when the proper cause of action is alerting a teacher or doctor, so we need not only to have our children checked for lead poisoning possibilities, but we need to have our homes and water supply checked for housing conditions that may have been acceptable when a person’s home was built decades ago but is no longer acceptable now that we understand that lead poisoning comes from many sources around our homes like older lead paint that is cracking and pealing or perhaps from the water a family may be drinking.
Fields went on to indicate a parent may not always be aware of what they cannot see, but the non observable effects of lead toxicity, lead poisoning. affects an estimated 1 in 20 children in the United States and Fields went on to wonder if many of the those 1 in 20 children live in his district.
And he thinks this may be the result of an unequal application or distribution of lead poisoning prevention funds.
Fields said that he is aware that most medical research, public information and data indicates that there are severe negative and long lasting bad effects of even low level of exposure to lead on brain functioning such as lower intelligence [IQ], school and home behavior problems, and poor school performance not related to what is going on at home or in the classroom, but just the physical environment of the home.
He went on to say that much of a child’s ADD/ADHD symptoms can be lead poisoning induced and that troubles Fields because ADD/ADHD behavior problems at home and in the classroom is a situation affecting children’s classroom performance that can easily be corrected and Representative Fields wants to address this problem in the worst way with State funding programs.
Jason Fields wants every student to stay in school, have the desire to go to and finish high school and go to college and get a well paying job.
But Fields emphases that succeeding in academics may be made more difficult by health issues, and health issues may result from the too many environmental factors at home such as lead poisoning, even low levels of lead poisoning which a trip to the ER Facilities at the hospital may not even detect.
Fields went on to articulate that unfortunately, it is very likely that a teen having low school academic performance will be affected by an acquired medical condition that could affect his or her academic achievement which could have been prevented.
Fields enumerated many examples of these conditions that may affect a child mental development and school progress which include:
1) Developing fetal alcohol syndrome while mom is or was pregnant, 2) Environmental lead poisoning at home or in the neighborhood, 3) Medication side effects antihistamines or seizure medications 4) Malignancy problems from chemotherapy and many others.
An adolescent who is having difficulty with academics needs medical assessment attention or referred for an M-team assessment specifically for lead poisoning.
The parent should consult their child’s teacher first if they suspect lead poisoning is a problem. But there is a role for the child’s doctor.
Academic failure may be a symptom of disease and a thorough history and physical examination may be warranted.
For example, the history may be suggestive of a sleep disorder, a visual disturbance, or even of lead poisoning.
Milwaukee school academics present a huge investment in time and dollar resources for the community. Lack of success in academics must be considered as a serious indication of a problem that may lead us into an examination of the child’s .physical environment at home for suspect culprits like lead poisoning.
Representative Fields want these physical problems taken care of right away so that more of our children can finish school and attend college.