Friday, May 17, 2013

Because There Wasn't Enough to Worry About Already

There's lead in keys.

Are you kidding me?!

I try hard to not be a worrywart when it comes to what goes into Jett's mouth because EVERYTHING goes into Jett's mouth and I actually like his exposure to lots of germs.

So I let him chew on disgusting things which includes my keys.  I thought everyone did this.

He LOVES the keys.  He starts kicking and laughing like a maniac as soon as I pull them off the hook.

And my thought was that they were totally disgusting and dirty but...I'm sure my parents gave me keys to chew on and I'm fine, doesn't everyone let their kid chew on their keys?  What's the harm?

So he chews on my keys.

BUT yesterday while I was out and about and my kid was chewing on his car keys some random dude who worked at the frame shop says "Be careful about those keys, there can be lead in them." 

Are you kidding me?!

I was skeptical but took the keys away because I didn't want to be THAT mom that lets her kid chew on lead laden keys...but I didn't REALLY believe that there was lead in keys, why would they take lead out of paint and gasoline and leave it in keys?!  A KNOWN baby toy!

So I googled when I got home and....

It appears to be true.

There's lead in keys.

Motherfucker.

Guess Baby Jett just lost his favorite toy.  And mama found one more thing to worry about.

Did I give my baby lead poisoning???

I'm sure he's fine and I'm not going to freak out but...damn...just...damn.  What a ridiculous place for lead to be hidden.  WHAT ELSE HAS LEAD HIDDEN IN IT THAT JETT CHEWS ON?

How many of you out there let your baby suck on your keys?  Please tell me I'm not the only one that may have mistakenly poisoned my baby.

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/03/cdc-advisers-call-for-less-allowable-lead/index.htm

http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Lead_Keys/

http://www.thesmartmama.com/ii/

6 comments:

  1. I had no idea either. Austin plays with mine all the time (I usually stop him because he hits the alarm button on the car a lot) so I know they've gone into his mouth several times. That's how I felt when I found out about the sunscreen and how bad almost all of them are.. just one more thing to worry about. It never ends!

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  2. L just played with mine today when I picked up from daycare! Thanks for the warning.

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  3. I just gave Paxlet my keys yesterday, in fact. And that just sucks! I'm going to look into it here and see if Finnish keys also have lead. :(

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  4. May I recommend toy keys? I saw some that beep and jingle and the lot online somewhere. I've never let sprout touch my keys and now I never will. lol Thanks for the heads up.

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