I live in a very old house (built in mid 1800s) and although lead has always been in the back of my mind, I've basically tried not to worry about it too much (stupid I know). We've painted over almost everything, never use our windows, and only have exterior doors.
Well, my in-laws offered to replace our windows, and I didn't think about it too much, until the contractors showed up with the new windows, and I did some googling. Now, I'm extremely worried. I'm currently 28 weeks pregnant. I stayed out of the house the three days they were actually doing the replacement, my mom thoroughly cleaned afterwards, and we used some of the lead check kits from Lowe's, and they all came up negative. So I moved back in (that was last Friday). However, yesterday I noticed a couple of paint chips in our kitchen floor (I guess my husband tracked them in on his shoes, he's cleaned the porch repeatedly, but there are still a couple of sneaky chips out there), I picked them up, tested them, and of course, they were positive for lead :( The floor around them was still negative. I'm having my cleaning lady thoroughly deep clean today, but I'm still worried because I feel like a paint chip or two might continue to be tracked in the next few days/weeks. How much harm does a couple of paint chips do to me and my baby? Of course, I'm not eating them, but I do feel like I need to pick them up and throw them away (while wearing gloves of course), if I see them. However, I'm currently freaking out about the ones I handled last night... I was wearing gloves and washed my hands immediately, but did I release lead dust that I inhaled, just by picking them up, testing them, and throwing them away? :( I'm a paranoid pregnant person anyways, and this situation is really freaking me out. Any advice would be appreciated on how much lead dust/paint chips you actually have to come in contact with/inhale/ingest to put yourself (and in my case, my unborn child) at risk. All this being said, I'm still glad those old lead coated windows are GONE, before our baby arrives and is crawling, chewing on windows, etc.