Lead could hurt your child.
Even small amounts of lead in your child’s system can make it hard for your child to learn, pay attention, or behave appropriately. Most children who have lead poisoning do not look or act sick. A blood test is the only way to tell if your child has lead poisoning. Talk to your child’s doctor or nurse about testing your child and reducing exposure to lead.
Common sources of lead poisoning
- Peeling paint in older homes
- Soil and water
- Toys and jewelry
- Vinyl products
- Handmade pottery
Where to get your child tested for lead
To get your child tested for lead, please contact your health care provider.
Testing your home or property for lead
If you are concerned about the possibility of lead in your home or on your property, choose a certified consultant to conduct testing. The older the home, the greater the chances that its painted surfaces contain lead. Testing for lead is recommended for all houses built before 1978.