Dangers of Lead
Lead can prevent a child from developing to his or her
potential. Research has demonstrated that childhood exposure to lead at
unsafe levels can cause learning disabilities, decreased growth,
hyperactivity, and brain damage. In pregnant women, lead exposure can
pass through the body to the unborn child and result in birth defects or
Lead may be found in dust, paint, glazed pottery or
crystal from other countries, drinking water pipes and soil.
About Lead Poisoning
Lead poisoning is the condition of increased levels of
lead in the blood. Lead is a natural occurring element
that is used commonly in commercial & industrial products.
People have small levels of lead in
their bloodstream and it may cause no problems, but increased or
prolonged exposure can result in lead poisoning. Lead poisoning is
especially a concern for children under six years of age.
Lead poisoning can cause damage to the
kidneys, nervous system, and brain.
Lead poisoning may also cause hearing,
behavior and learning problems in young children.
Once organ systems are damaged, the
damage is often irreversible.
Often lead poisoning goes undetected
because the initial signs are similar to common ailments.
Steps to prevent Lead
contamination in your home
Taking shoes off when entering the
home can keep lead dust levels to a minimum
When opening windows, clean out dust
and paint chips with an all-purpose cleaner
Wash children’s hands and toys often,
to keep them from ingesting lead dust
Old porcelain bathtubs and sinks are
often coated with a lead glaze, have them re-glazed
Antique cribs and other furniture were
often painted with lead paint
Baseboards and wood floors were
painted with lead paint for durability
Pottery, ceramics, and crystal often
contain high amounts of lead
Eating foods high in iron and calcium
can decrease the amount of lead absorbed into the blood stream
Replace all older vinyl mini-blinds,
as they may contain high amounts of lead
Avoid using the folk medicines, Greta
and Azarcon to treat childhood illnesses
Before refinishing furniture or
stripping paint, be aware of the possible dangers and use proper
safety measures and techniques
Make sure crayons are either made in
America or meet the American Society for
Testing and Materials standards
For more information, visit the Indiana State Department
Indiana Lead and Healthy Home Program.
Additional resources can be found using the links below:
Protection Agency (EPA) Lead Programs
The National Center
for Healthy Housing (NCLSH)
National Safety Council (NSC)
CDC's Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Lead
US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control