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Childhood Lead Poisoning


Lake County Health officer Dr. Karen Tait today announced plans to celebrate Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 22nd-28th, with a week-long information campaign about childhood lead poisoning issues. Our theme this year is, “Healthy homes, food, and play areas protect children from lead.”  Campaign highlights include; presentations to various parent and community groups that serve children from 0-6 years of age, distributions of lead poisoning prevention information cards and posters to preschools and childcare facilities, and mailings to medical providers and labs that perform lead testing. Wide and varied distribution of information will assure that lead poisoning prevention facts are shared throughout the community.

Lead poisoning can seriously affect a child’s brain and nervous system. It can cause learning and behavioral problems. A blood lead test is the only way to identify lead poisoning in children. "The purpose of this campaign is to remind parents that lead poisoning can be detrimental to young children’s health and development. It's important for parents to ask their child’s doctor about lead testing,” stated Dr. Tait, Health Officer.

In California, children can be exposed to lead by ingesting lead-contaminated dust, paint chips from deteriorating lead-based paint, and lead-contaminated soil. Other sources of lead poisoning include lead dust brought home on parents' work clothes, certain imported ceramic pottery, painted objects, certain inexpensive jewelry, traditional home remedies, imported spices, candies, and other food products. Additionally, activities that involve lead products such as soldering, making stained glass, and handling bullets or fishing sinkers can put children at risk.

All parents and caregivers of young children are invited to contact Lake County Health Services Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and learn how to protect their children from this silent and serious environmental disease.
Background materials available upon request at 707-263-1090