Health Alert WEB EXCLUSIVE: Lead poisoning

Question: What can be the results of lead poisoning?


Answer: Lead can lead to:
• Damage to the brain and nervous system
• Slowed growth and development
• Learning and behavior problems
• Hearing and speech problems
• Lower IQ
• Decreased ability to pay attention
• Underperformance at school

If you think your child has been in contact with lead, contact your child’s health care provider. He or she can help you decide whether to test your child’s blood to see if it has high levels of lead.

A blood lead test is the only way to find out if your child has a high lead level. Most children with high levels of lead in their blood have no symptoms.

Your child’s health care provider can recommend treatment if your child has been exposed to lead.