Lead poisoning can cause serious harm to your child, like permanent behavior problems or permanent brain damage. If you are pregnant when exposed to lead, your unborn baby could be hurt. Lead paint is common in homes built before 1978. Lead can also be found in old or imported toys, jewelry, some home remedies, imported candy, dirt, in old water pipes, and at some job-sites. For a complete list and explanations, go to the CDC website: www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips.htm.
Children under 6 years old are at the greatest risk. Many children show no symptoms of poisoning. In others, the symptoms might look like the flu or fatigue (tiredness, sleeplessness, stomachache, vomiting).
You can keep your child from getting poisoned or lower the lead levels if the child has already been poisoned. 4 things to remember are:
- Reducing Exposure