childhood lead poisoning Prevention
Lead is bad for kids!
Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. No safe blood lead level in children has been identified. Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to negatively affect a child’s intelligence, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement. While the effects of lead poisoning may be permanent, if caught early, there are things parents can do to prevent further exposure and reduce damage to their child’s health.
What is lead poisoning?
Exposure to lead that results in illness and requires immediate medial attention. Even low levels of lead that were once considered safe have been linked to harmful changes in intelligence, behavior, and health. Children are most at risk because they are still developing physically and mentally.
How can children get lead poisoning?
Eating tiny paint chips that peel or flake in and around the home.
Ingest lead-contaminated dust on toys or hands.
Play in and ingest lead-contaminated soil.
Track lead paint mixed with dust or soil into and throughout a home
Drink water from lead-based pipes.
Are any levels safe for kids?
No safe blood lead level in children has been identified. Children are at high risk due to their rapid growth.
Where does lead come from?
Paint used in home build before 1978 and water pipes until 1986
How to test for lead poisoning
A blood test can be done to check lead levels in children.
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