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Despite laws established in the 1970s to make people aware of the dangers of lead and its poisonous effects, lead poisoning in children remains a common, yet preventable, environmental health problem in the United States. By under­standing, identifying, and safely removing sources of lead, we can ensure the long-term health of children and prevent its devastating
and irreversible effects.

What is lead poisoning?

Lead is a toxic metal used in a variety of products and materials, including paint, vinyl mini-blinds, pipes, leaded crystal. dishware, and pottery coatings. When lead is absorbed into the body, it can cause serious damage to vital organs like the brain, kidneys, nerves, and blood cells. Lead poisoning is especially harmful to children under the age of six.

What are the health effects of lead poisoning in children?

Lead is a heavy metal which is found in old paint, dust, outside dirt and other common places. When people, especially children, come in contact with lead in their homes, work, or play places, lead may cause damage to them. The damage results in problems like poor sleep, poor growth, learning problems or behavior issues. Lead interferes with the development and functioning of almost all body organs, particularly the kidneys, red blood cells, and central nervous system.

 If you are interested in having your child checked for blood lead level please contact your school nurse.

We can protect our families from lead. If your child’s lead level screening result is elevated, there are helpful things we can do to decrease the amount of lead in their body, so they do better in school with less problems paying attention. We hope you take advantage of receiving this important information about your child's health. 

Lead poisoning is much more serious when children are exposed to lead. Since their bodies are not fully developed, lead poisoning can cause:

  • Brain, liver, and kidney damage;
  • Slowed development; 
  • Learning or behavior problems;
  • Lowered intellect (or IQ); 
  • Hearing loss;
  • Restlessness.

Below is helpful information about lead prevention and exposure:

OVERVIEW OF LEAD

SOURCES OF LEAD

SYMPTOMS OF LEAD POISONING

EFFECTS OF LEAD

PREVENTION

SCREENING

INTERVENTION

RESOURCES

Last Updated: 7/27/17