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Child having elevated levels of zinc, lead. Use of filtered water for cooking, bottled water for drinking, uses imported toys. What could be the cause?

My year and a half old son has elevated levels of of lead and zinc. I have been having issues because I live in China on business and the measurements are different compared to what we are used to in the US. Lead 77ug/L Zinc 100.8 mol/L I understand the lead might be mostly from the water, which we have a Phllips filter attached to the tap for cooking and use only bottled water for his formula or drinking water. We import most all his toys, so that shouldnt be an issue for lead. The zinc, I have no idea why its so elevated? Is the level of lead too high? I assume it would be 7.7 ug/dl? The hospital here said to give him some kind of medicine to bring the levels down and come back in a few months. I just need a second opinion. Much appreciated.
Asked On : Sun, 20 May 2012
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Feb 2013

Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic.

I think the level of lead is 77 micrograms/dL.

Zinc toxicity is an uncommon problem and this usually associated with nausea, vomitings, and stomach cramps.

But the major concern is with lead toxicity.

Lead come from water, food, toys, dust from old sheets.

Give water for lead level estimation.

As the blood lead level is high, the child requires immediate chelation treatment preferably with hospitalization.

The lead level is high and needs immediate treatment.

The blood level should be less than 10 micrograms/dL.

Therefore continue the medication as advised and repeat the blood lead levels as advised and be in regular follow up.

Hope I have answered your query.

Answered: Thu, 13 Jun 2013
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