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Two Rivers: Lead Poisoning Prevention

Lead Poisoning (MGN)

There is no known safe level of lead.

  • Although the blood lead level of concern was lowered from 10 micrograms per deciliter to 5 micrograms per deciliter, there is no documented safe level of lead.
  • Even low levels of lead can affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Children under 6 years of age are at greatest risk.

  • Children are growing quickly.
  • Children put objects in their mouth and often forget to wash their hands.

There are common sources we think of.

  • Paint in houses built before 1978
  • Water pumped through leaded pipes
  • Imported items like unglazed clay pots

There are less common sources.

  • Some candy, make-up, or jewelry
  • Some toys: see Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website

Some occupations or hobbies put children and parents at risk.

  • Work with ammunition and reloading of cartridges
  • Those who work with solder, like welders

Lead can be brought in to our homes.

  • Lead can be found in soil.

We can compete with lead by eating foods rich in calcium and iron.

  • Foods high in calcium include dairy products, nuts, and broccoli.
  • Food rich in iron include red meat, oatmeal, seeds, dried fruits, beans, fortified cereals, and dark green leafy vegetables.

Taking simple precautions can help.

  • Leave shoes and affected outer clothes outside.
  • Wash hands and bodies often.
  • Household dust is a major source of lead, it is recommended that you wet-mop floors and wet-wipe horizontal surfaces every 2-3 weeks
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