I recently took my daughter for her routine checkup at the doctor's office. She's almost 8 months old. The nurse gave me a questionaire to fill out concerning lead exposure. It asked me to check the box for the following activities if the parents or caretakers participated in the named activites.
Some of the activities listed were:
So I checked the appropriate boxes and gave it back to the nurse. She said we had some risk factors for lead exposure and asked me if I wanted to have some "lead" testing done on my daughter. I told her I didn't feel it was necessary and that was the end of it. But I found it odd to be asked these questions.
Very little of anything is welded/soldered with lead anymore except electronics. And just because I participate, doesn't mean my 8 month old daughter is at risk. I guess if I got it on my hands and touched her maybe, but it's not like I put a welding helmet on her and have her hold my work peice steady. Heck, the dang diapers are a fire hazard.
Anyway, just found it odd, and I think the AMA is going overboard and being just a bit paranoid. I mean, if it's so unhealthy, why would I mess with it and poison myself?
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