A baby in the US suffered lead poisoning from a “magnetic healing bracelet” that her parents picked up at a local fair.
A report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the parents placed the bracelet on the 9-month-old baby girl’s wrist to help relieve the discomfort of teething.
The parents reported that the child intermittently wore a handmade “homeopathic magnetic hematite healing bracelet” that they had purchased from an artisan at a local fair.
The child wore the bracelet for teething related discomfort and was sometimes noted to chew on it.
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Small spacer beads from the bracelet tested at the Manchester Health Department were positive for lead (17,000 ppm). No identifying marks indicating metal content or manufacturer were found on the bead. The vendor records were not available, and the bracelet maker could not be located.
Doctor’s should be aware of the potential for lead poisoning in children who have ingested or mouthed any metal objects, especially jewelry.
Parents also need to be made aware of the risks for lead poisoning resulting from children wearing or handling handmade or adult metal jewellery, because infants have natural mouthing behaviors; these items can also pose a choking hazard for small children.
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