Public health department part of Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

— Hundreds of thousands of children living in the United States have elevated blood lead levels that may cause significant damage to their health. They can develop behavior and learning problems (such as hyperactivity), slowed growth, hearing problems, and aggressive patterns of behavior.

Stopping a child’s exposure to lead from leaded paint, house dust, or any other source is the best way to prevent the harmful effects of lead.

To raise awareness of the consequences of lead poisoning among parents and pregnant women who live in homes built before 1978, Essex County Public Health is participating in National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) Oct. 20-26. Essex County Public Health joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in encouraging parents to learn more about how to prevent lead poisoning.

This year’s NLPPW theme, Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future, underscores the importance of testing your home, testing your child, and learning how to prevent lead poisoning’s serious health effects.

Lead testing is recommended at ages 1 and 2. Lead testing is available through pediatricians or family health practitioners and is also provided by Essex County Public Health. To schedule a lead test with Essex County Public Health call 873-3500.

To learn more about lead poisoning prevention visit leadfreekids.org or co.essex.ny.us/publichealth and click on Lead Poisoning.

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