Lead Poisoning

Childhood lead poisoning is one of the most common yet preventable health problems in the U.S. Lead is highly toxic and can be found in peeling paint, soil and unregulated products. Children usually have no overt symptoms, but the damage is irreversible and can be profound – including brain damage, learning problems and antisocial behavior.

Ensuring that all children are tested will promote prevention, education and early intervention and can reduce lead poisoning. Inspecting the homes of lead-poisoned children identifies lead sources so they can be removed to prevent future exposure.


  1. Annually test all 1- and 2-year old children for lead by 2014.
  2. Annually inspect all homes where children have elevated blood-lead levels (10 micrograms or more of lead per deciliter of blood) through 2014.

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Last updated Feb 26, 2013