A “yes” to any of these questions means that your child is at high risk.
Does your child…
- Live in or stay at a house built before 1978 with peeling, chipping or chalking paint?
- Live in or stay at a house built before 1978 that has recently been remodeled?
- Have a habit of eating dirt, paint chips, or other non-food items?
- Live with an adult whose job or hobby exposes them to lead? (Furniture refinishing, electronics, soldering, automotive repair, making stained glass, making fishing weights and lures, reloading shotgun shells and bullets, participating in indoor firing ranges, doing home repairs and remodeling and making pottery)
- Have a brother/sister with high blood lead levels?
- Have iron deficiency, anemia, sickle cell disease, a developmental delay, or behavioral problems?
Lead is dangerous and can cause serious permanent damage at levels much lower than was thought just a few years ago. Small children are more at risk of being lead poisoned because they often put non-food items in their mouths. The only way to protect your child is to prevent exposure to lead.
Lead can affect the ability of your child to learn. Lead can cause a delay in speech and can result in learning disabilities or behavioral problems. It also may damage a pregnant woman and her unborn child.
A lead poisoned child usually does not look sick! The only way to know if your child is sick is to do a blood lead test. It is very important to test toddlers. Your doctor or health department can do a blood test.