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nyc asked in Pregnancy & ParentingPregnancy · 1 decade ago

Hi. If a house was built more than 200 years ago, should we test the house for lead before the baby is born?

It is my parents in law's house, and my husband says it is safe, because they painted the house with latex like 40 years ago... but as a mom to be,, I am worried.

Any advice will be very much appreciated.

Thank you very much..


p.s. Our NYC apartment is pretty old and my husband painted it twice 8 years ago. He said it's safe, but I anyway tested it. And it came out very positive for lead, the highest amount of lead the lab can detect was detected, so we are re-painting it all over again.. So it makes me worry that what about the house that is 200 years old..

10 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    yes, and hidden mold, in case the baby is allergic, but those things can add up

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  • Bub
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    I think your hubby is right, but why not check it to be sure? The problems with lead paint is the chips that kids can get to if it chips or peels off or if they chew on a window sill, etc. Not likely, but, if you know it has no lead in it, won't you and he feel so much better? How about asbestos insulation or in the drywall popcorn ceilings, etc. Good luck and congrats!

  • Yes definitley. We just talked about this in my college nutrition class on Tuesday. The professor said even if a little sliver of the paint gets swallowed or absorbed in the skin it could be very harmful or even deadly!

    Source(s): 18 weeks
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  • 1 decade ago

    i would just cus they re painted dose not mean lead is not in the walls form old paint! check if you fell the need nothing wrong it be safe

  • 1 decade ago

    yes i would cause they could have painted over it. Also its never a problem to be safe for your baby.

  • 1 decade ago

    As a mom myself, I ALWAYS err on the side of caution. It's better to know for sure than to wonder, especially where your little one is concerned.

  • 1 decade ago

    200 years?? YES! Get an inspection.

  • 1 decade ago

    If it has been repainted with latex then it should be ok.

  • 1 decade ago

    it would be good to be safe than sorry

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