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Before you paint the nursery - know this!!

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July 7th, 2011, 09:46 AM
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For all of you moms-to-be - I found out some really scary information about painting the nursery (or any room, for that matter) and wanted to share.

We are expecting our second child in November, and just started looking into painting the baby's room. Since we just moved into an older house and didn't have much information from the previous owner, we looked online to find out about possible hazards from old paint, as well as how to deal with fumes, and so on. We came across some information on lead dust poisoning that was shocking. Apparently, if your house was built before 1978, it probably contains lead paint and lead dust, which is very dangerous to kids and pregnant women. It can cause harm to your unborn child including brain damage, loss of IQ, ADD, antisocial behavior, low neonatal weight and more.

Even more disturbing, opening and closing your window or doing any sort of renovation - even chipping off or sanding old paint - releases lead dust into the air, which is more dangerous than lead paint! I found a ton of information on two sites, BustLeadDust and the EPA site, both of which I recommend. There are special procedures you should take if your house does contain lead paint, which will keep you safe.

So please - before you (or anyone else) paint the nursery, know the facts!! Your health and your baby's health are both at risk.
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