Your Child Lead Safe?
Lead is a
natural element that can be found in old
paint, contaminated soil, plumbing, lead
crystal, pottery, and many other
products. When eaten or inhaled, lead
is easily absorbed into the body and can
cause developmental and neurological
problems. The damaging effects of lead
are permanent and irreversible. The
only cure is prevention.
several easy things that you can do to
protect your family from being lead
often, especially young children who
have a natural tendency to put their
hands in their mouths.
nutritional foods high in iron,
calcium and vitamin C.
house clean, wet wash floors and
windowsills often and use a damp
cloth when dusting.
to keep them clean and dust free.
cold water for a minute before using
children away from chipping and
work with lead, remove your work
clothes before entering the house.
Wash your clothes separately.
shoes off at the door.
Do not use
old dishes, handmade dishes, or
dishes from another country. Some
of these dishes may contain lead.
allow children to play on bare soil
or in dirt.
or removing lead-based paint contact
1-800-424-LEAD (1-800-424-5323) or your
local health department for information
on lead-safe work practices.
elevated blood levels do not look or act
sick. There are generally no symptoms
of lead poisoning until blood levels are
The ONLY way to
know if a child has been exposed to lead
is to have a blood lead test.
New Jersey State
law requires all primary care physicians
and other related health car providers
perform a blood level test on children
at 1 year and again at 2 years o age.
Children between the ages of 3 & 6
years, who have never been tested,
should be tested.