What are Sources of Lead Poisoning?

Lead can be found in many products and locations. Some you might never have thought of, including some imported candies, toys, and traditional medicines. The most common cause of lead poisoning is in homes built before 1978 (when lead-based paints were banned), probably containing lead-based paint. When the paint peels and cracks, it makes lead dust. Children can be poisoned when they swallow or breathe in lead dust. However, some non-paint sources, though less common, can cause severe cases of lead poisoning and can be dangerous if not managed properly.

Lead can be found throughout a child's environment.

  • Certain water pipes may contain lead.
  • Lead can be found in some products, such as toys and jewelry.
  • Lead is sometimes in candies imported from other countries or traditional home remedies.
  • Specific jobs and hobbies involve working with lead-based products, like stain glasswork, and may cause parents to bring lead into the home.
  • Children who live near airports may be exposed to lead in air and soil from aviation gas.

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1. What is Lead?
2. What is Lead Poisoning?
3. What are Sources of Lead Poisoning?
4. What are the Signs and Symptoms of Lead Poisoning?
5. Who is at Risk?
6. What are the Health Effects of Lead?
7. How Do I Get my Child Tested for Lead Poisoning?
8. How Much Does It Cost to Get my Child Tested for Lead Poisoning?
9. How Do I Get my Home or Building Tested?
10. What are Some Tips for Lead Poisoning Prevention?