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One of the reasons kids eat paint chips with lead is the taste. It tastes sweet. Most of the problems are associated with the dust and inner city kids were affected by the old sash type windows going up and down causing a sanding effect which in turn deposited dust on the sill. Little kids stuck their fingers into the dust then straight into there mouths.
My wife is a retired principal scientist and worked on a project to formulate a sealer that would neutralize the lead. They could not find any way to accomplish neutralizing the lead. It was just to heavy a metal to neutralize. That project was abandoned after a year or so of trials.