According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention about 1 in 22 children in America have high levels of lead in their blood. Lead is known to impact children's intelligence and physical agility with the possibility of life-long effects.
Lead can be found in many places around your home, in childcare centers and schools. It can be found in the water, in dirt or in paint on walls. Because it does not break down naturally, lead can remain in the environment until it is cleaned up.
If you are concerned about health effects from lead you should check with your doctor who can help you decide if you should test your child's blood for lead. You may also want to test your water, dirt and paint in your home to see if they contain lead.
Understanding Lead Test Results:
- My Child's Lead Test Result
- Los Resultados del Examen de Plomo de Mi Hijo
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Resources for Families:
- Fight Lead Poisoning with a Healthy Diet
- Combata el Envenenamiento con Plomo con una Dieta Saludable
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United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Learn more about Lead and how to test drinking water, renovate safely and find a lead-safe certified renovation firm.
Dirt Alert Program: Learn about Arsenic and Lead in the soil.
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