About one in six children in America have high levels of lead in their
blood, according to the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry.
You may have lead around your home without being aware of it because you
cannot see, taste, or smell lead.
- Since bodies are still developing, children are more easily and
severely injured by lead than adults. The long term effects of lead in
a child can be severe. They include learning disabilities, decreased
growth, hyperactivity, impaired hearing, and even brain damage.
- Lead can be found in the dust, paint, or soil in and around your home,
or in your drinking water of food. Chipping or peeling paint, lead water
pipes, lead fixtures, and certain hobbies can bring lead into your home
and poison your family. The most common cause of lead poisoning is
exposure to lead-based paint or dust in deteriorating houses.
- Most homes built before 1978 used lead-based paint.
- If you are pregnant, lead can be passed from you to your unborn baby.
Texas Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Programa para la prevención de intoxicaci—n de plomo en la niñez de Texas
Industry Association, Inc. - info
from the toy industry and current issues with lead in toys.
News 4 San Antonio - Lead in Mexican Candy: Interview with
Miguel Fernández, MD, Director of the South Texas Poison Center, about lead found in Mexican candy. (2008)
More information from the Texas Poison Center Network