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City health office warns public vs lead-contaminated kids’ Halloween costumes

SANTIAGO CITY, Isabela – As Halloween approaches, the Santiago City Health Office has reminded the public to be cautious when buying children's Halloween costumes and toys.
 
Dr. Ramoncito Bayang, assistant city health officer, said parents should be aware that some toys containing lead and certain other elements can seriously harm children.
 
Toys, he added are one of the most common sources of lead poisoning among children.
 
“If kids swallow or chew a toy that contains unsafe levels of lead, they can suffer significant and sometimes permanent damage to their physical and mental health or worse, they can die,” Bayang explained.
 
He added that children can also suffer other serious health problems like learning disabilities or low intelligence, attention deficit disorder, behavior issue, nervous system damage, speech and language impairment, decreased muscle growth, decreased bone growth and kidney damage.
 
On the other hand, according to him, a pregnant woman's too much exposure to lead can also affect the unborn child's brain, causing developmental problems later in life.
 
To minimize these risks, he urged the buying public to always check the labels and warnings of children’s toys, costumes and other products against unacceptable levels of lead and other elements.

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