Children who have lead poisoning don’t look or act sick. But lead can cause serious health problems.
Children can get lead poisoning in their own home, apartment or day care. It’s found in older buildings (in paint, dust, drinking water and in the dirt outside) and can also come from work or hobbies, like autobody work, painting or scraping paint, making stained glass or casting lead toys, sinkers or shots.
Talk to your child’s doctor about testing your child for lead poisoning.
Resources for Parents
Henry and Fred Learn about Lead
This book and video teaches young children the dangers of lead poisoning, and how they can protect themselves.
Lead Poisoning Prevention - Fact sheet of lead poisoning basics.
Finding Lead in Your Home - A booklet about sources of lead.
Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home - EPA guide to locating and ridding your home of lead hazards.
Sources of Lead - Facts about lead exposure from paint, soil, air, water, food and food containers, and from work activities.
Lead Paint and Renovation Safety - Advice on renovating old houses and removing lead paint.
Blood Lead Testing
Your Child's Lead Test - Fact sheet about what to expect.
Blood Lead Screening Guidelines - When to screen children for lead, when to confirm capillary blood lead tests, and other indications for when screen for lead.