Baby Bracelets, Pacifier Clips Recalled for Lead

About 900 Allreds Design Baby Bracelets and Pacifier Clips, which were manufactured by Allreds Design (doing business as Hidden Hollow Beads), of Fort Duchesne, Utah, have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The recalled bracelets and pacifier clip clasps contain <"">high levels of lead.

Hidden Hollow Beads was alerted to this hazard by Jefferson County’s Health Department in Missouri. To date, Allreds Design received one report of a 10-month-old child who was treated by a physician for elevated lead levels. This recall includes Allreds Design brand Baby Bracelets and Pacifier Clips.

The bracelets are sold in sizes 0-6 months, 1-4 years, and 4-8 years of age and have crystal and plastic beads in various colors with a metal clasp. The recalled Allreds Design Baby Bracelets and Pacifier Clips were manufactured in the United States and sold by resale stores and other consignment retailers nationwide from June 2008 through December 2008 for about $5.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately take the recalled Allreds Design Baby Bracelets and Pacifier Clips away from children and contact Allreds Design for instructions on how to receive a replacement bracelet or pacifier clip. Allreds Design can be reached toll-free at (866) 695-3551 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

Meanwhile, we have long been writing about the dangers of lead exposure on the general population and, most especially to children. We have pointed out that lead poisoning is considered the greatest environmental health threat to children under the age of six, a very serious issue given that these children face the greatest risks since their growing bodies absorb lead easier than adult bodies. Poisoning occurs from swallowing lead, for instance from consuming lead paint chips and from breathing lead paint dust.

A known neurotoxin, lead exposure can cause brain and nervous system damage in children and fetuses, behavioral and learning problems, slowed growth, hearing problems, headaches, mental and physical retardation, and behavioral and other health problems. Lead is known to cause cancer and reproductive harm and, in adults, can damage the nervous system. In high doses, lead poisoning can cause seizure, coma, and death. Experts agree that there is no safe level of lead.

Recent research is pointing to lead poisoning as a strong suspect in attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a behavioral diagnosis that is continually on the rise and leads to controversial stimulant medication treatment. It is believed, said Natural News previously, that lead attaches to areas in the “brain’s striatum and frontal cortex” where lead causes specific genes to either turn on or remain dormant. This can disrupt brain activity and alter psychological processes maintained affected neurons, which, according to the researchers, can have an affect on “hyperactivity and lack of vigilance,” explained Natural News.

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