|Did you know lead poisoning is most common environmental illness in U.S. kids?
More than half a million U.S. children are now believed to have lead poisoning.
Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. Even
low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and
academic achievement. And effects of lead exposure cannot be corrected.
Lead-based paint and lead contaminated dust are the most hazardous sources of
lead for U.S. children. All houses built before 1978 are likely to contain some lead-
based paint. However, it is the deterioration of this paint that causes a problem.
Children under the age of 6 years old are at risk because they are growing so rapidly
and because they tend to put their hands or other objects, which may be
contaminated with lead dust, into their mouths. Other environmental factors such
as lead-based toys and candies, lead in the soil and in our foods can also cause
serious health issues for your young child.
Here are10 tips on keeping your family lead-safe:
If you have questions, want to get your home tested for lead, and or if you want to
see if you qualify for grants for lead hazard repair work, visit the Alameda County
Healthy Homes Department: www.achhd.org/
- Think better. Lead poisoning can make it hard for children to think, pay
attention, and behave. Get a blood lead test for your child at 1 and 2 years of
- This Old House? Paint used in houses built prior to 1978 is likely to contain
lead. Keep the paint intact and make sure to learn about lead-safe work
practices before working on the home.
- Get the lead out—tidy up! Soil and dust spread lead. Wet-mop floors, wet
wipe windowsills, vacuum, dust and wash surfaces often.
- Clean up that fun. Give the kid’s toys a bath—toys collect dust and dirt that
often contain lead. Rub-a-dub-dub today.
- Sweet tooth for Mexican candy? Avoid tamarind and chili flavors for kids
and pregnant women, they may have lead.
- Don’t bring work home. If you work in painting, remodeling, auto repair,
you might be working with lead. Change clothes before going home.
- Easy on the bling. Some children’s jewelry may contain lead. Wash your
child’s hands often and make sure to keep it out of kid’s mouths.
- Home fix-up projects that expose old paint can create toxic dust. Take
steps to prevent dust from entering living areas and don’t track-in dust.
Learn about lead-safe work practices or hire a lead-certified contractor.
- Well fed = less lead. Feed your child foods with calcium, iron and Vitamin C
to help them absorb less lead.
For questions about lead or other posiosning topics:
or call the California Poison Control hotline
24-hours a day at 1-800-222-1222.
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