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How can my child get lead poisoning?
Your child can get lead poisoning by:
○ Getting lead dust from old paint
on hands or toys and putting
hands into the mouth.
○ Breathing in lead dust from old
○ Eating chips of old paint or dirt
Very high levels of lead in the body may cause many long-term problems. High lead levels in a child’s blood may not be noticed until the child starts school. Then, some children are found to have learning and behavior problems. High lead levels can also cause severe health problems including:
○ Kidney problems
○ Developmental delays
○ Problems growing
○ Hearing loss
○ Seizures and/or coma
Where can lead be found?
Lead is found in:
○ Dust and paint chips from old paint
○ Homes built before 1950, especially those in need of repair.
○ Soil that has lead in it.
○ Tap water in homes that have lead pipes.
○ Painted toys and antique furniture such as cribs.
○ Hobby materials such as stained glass, paints, solders, fishing weights,
○ Home remedies like asarco, greta, pay, loah.
○ Dust brought home on the clothing of family members with jobs that use
lead, such as making batteries or smelting companies.
○ Food stored in some ceramic dishes (especially dishes made outside the USA).
○ M ini-blinds made outside the United States before July 1996.