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The Dangers of Lead Poisoning

What is Lead Poisoning?

Lead poisoning can occur in several ways, but most commonly through breathing or eating lead-contaminated dust, paint chips and soil.

What Can Lead Poisoning Do to Kids?

High levels of lead in children’s blood can produce permanent nervous system damage. Research also shows that even low levels of lead can result in:

  • Reading and learning disabilities
  • Speech and language handicaps
  • Hearing problems
  • Lowered I.Q.
  • Behavior problems

Is Your Child Lead-Safe?

Don’t be too quick to answer “yes.”Consider this: the effects of lead poisoning are often invisible. In fact, these symptoms may result from a disorder or illness other than lead poisoning. The only way to be certain is through blood testing.


Symptoms can include:

  • Slower than normal development
  • Behavior problems
  • Short attention span
  • Restlessness
  • Tired, poor appetite, or stomach aches

If you have not had your child tested or you suspect lead poisoning, please contact your physician or primary care provider.

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