In 1978, the federal government enacted a ban on lead paint for consumers, recognizing the potential hazards it presented. Many homes built before 1978 used lead paint. Exposure to this type of paint can cause many problems, though the symptoms can be subtle. They’re most likely to present in children. The signs of lead paint exposure include:
- Irritability or mood disorders.
- Abdominal pain.
- Difficulty learning.
Short-term effects of lead paint exposure may include loss of appetite, weight loss, muscle and joint pain, and fatigue. Long-term effects of lead paint exposure include hearing loss, seizures, premature births by pregnant women and abnormal sperm counts for men.