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Lead Poisoning

What is lead poisoning? Lead poisoning is a disease caused most often by eating lead paint chips or breathing in lead dust. Lead poisoning can occur at any age but is especially harmful to infants and children aged 6 years and younger because their bodies absorb lead more easily. Children with high levels of lead in their blood may not show any symptoms. Lead poisoning could lead to serious long-term effects such as:

Fortunately, iron poisoning is preventable.

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How to test for lead poisoning? Even children who appear health may have high levels of lead. The only way to know for sure if your child has been exposed to lead is with a simple blood test. If too much lead is in the body, you child may need treatment. To find out how to have your child tested, contact your pediatrician or local health department.

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