Thursday, November 12, 2009

Lead Hazard

Exposure to lead is very dangerous to kids and adults, resulting in permanent brain damage, heart problems, behavioral and developmental problems.

Unfortunately millions of children are still experiencing lead poisoning from lead paint in older homes and low quality toys, and contaminated soil and drinking water. Kids tend to put objects and toys in their mouths, and not wash their hands as frequently.

Children should be tested for lead levels by pediatricians at ages 1 and 2. Protect your family by checking potential sources of lead at home and day care. Also, ensure they are receiving good nutrition with recommended levels of iron, vitamin C and calcium to help reduce lead absorption.

Source: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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