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Lead poisoning is one of the most preventable environmental health problems in young children. High levels of lead can harm the brain, interfere with growth, cause learning difficulties, and may cause death.

Sources of Lead

Children can be exposed to lead from any of the sources below. Children are at higher risk of lead exposure if they frequent older homes that contain lead in pipes, mini-blinds, or that have chipping and peeling paint.

Possible sources of lead are:

  • Soil and dust
  • Tap water
  • Glazed pottery
  • Electrical cords
  • Garden hoses
  • Lead-based paint
  • Keys
  • Batteries
  • Imported canned foods
  • Metal jewelry
  • Outside water faucets

Signs & Symptoms

Lead poisoning may occur without any signs or symptoms.

It can take a long time for symptoms of lead poisoning to appear. Your child may be at risk long before you see any effects. Some signs to look for are:

  • Learning problems
  • Nausea
  • Growth failure
  • Behavior disorder
  • Unexplained seizures
  • Irritability
  • Developmental delay
  • Hearing loss
  • Frequent tiredness

7 Ways to Reduce Lead Risk

Testimony

How a family in Ohio was affected by lead after renovations in their house.

Videos

Kids talk to kids about lead poisoning prevention.

What families need to know about lead exposure.

Lead Prevention Resources

Lead

Resources

Links

Healthy Homes

Contact

To learn more about the risks of lead or to arrange a lead screening, contact your primary care provider or call the Mississippi Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes Program at (601) 576-7447.

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Links referenced
One family's experience with lead    https://nchh.org/resource-library/Testimonial_Cantley.pdf
Quick Guide for Lead Poisoning Prevention, Clinical Evaluation, and Management    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/resources/8119.pdf
Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home    https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-06/documents/pyf_color_landscape_format_2017_508.pdf
Questions and Answers About Lead in the Home    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,11602,176,html
Combata el Envenenamiento con Plomo con una Dieta Saludable    https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/documents/nutritionsp.pdf
Protect Your Child from Lead Poisoning (EPA)    http://www.epa.gov/lead
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Lead Poisoning Information    http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/
Lead-Based Paint Visual Assessment Training (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)    http://www.hud.gov/offices/lead/training/visualassessment/h00101.htm
Video: How to test children for lead with maximum accuracy (CDC)    https://youtu.be/g2p2qREch9g
More information    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,8291,176,pdf/Yazoo-GreenwoodLeadAssistance.pdf
National Center for Healthy Housing    http://nchh.org/
Healthy Homes (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)    https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/healthy_homes

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