New York, NY (PRWEB) February 15, 2014
In response to a February 10th article published by Poughkeepsie Journal, Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics discusses why lead still poses as a pediatric health worry.
According to the February 10th article published by the Poughkeepsie Journal titled “Lead still poses major pediatric health worry,” lead exposure can cause “serious intellectual and behavioral deficits” in children. Even though the banning of lead-based paint in residential buildings as well as lead in gasoline has helped decrease the number of childhood lead poisoning cases, lead exposure still poses a huge health issue to our country’s youth.
Because of this, the state of New York requires pediatricians to test all patients for lead at ages 1 and 2. As the child continues to grow until the age of six, health care providers must ask parents whether or not their child may have been exposed to lead. If the answer is yes, the child is tested. Pregnant women are also screened for elevated blood lead levels as part of their prenatal care routine.
Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics, a Brooklyn pediatric care center, says that cases of lead exposure in children are still occurring despite these precautions. “The battle with lead exposure is nowhere near over,” says Gabriel. “However, with consistent vigilance and everyone’s cooperation and involvement, childhood lead poisoning can most definitely be controlled and prevented.”
Gabriel Pediatrics provides comprehensive pediatric care to children throughout the New York area with practices both in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Our board certified pediatricians and experienced staff help provide a very warm and nurturing environment for both you and your children. Our approach combines the latest treatment methods with the personal attention you should expect from your doctor. Simply put, we understand the importance of communication and trust and we are earning that trust one family at a time.