Lead is a metal that can cause negative health effects. Lead can harm a child's growth, behavior and ability to learn. It can also cause anemia, kidney damage and hearing loss. Studies show that no amount of lead exposure is safe for children. Lead can be found in dust (usually from old lead paint), water, soil, from certain jobs or hobbies, or other sources. In NYS, health care providers must assess children 6 months to 6 years of age for risk of lead exposure and to determine if your child needs a lead test. In addition, health care providers must test all children at age 1 and again at age 2 for lead poisoning. Lead can also harm pregnant women and their developing baby. If you are pregnant, talk to your provider about lead testing. We offer lead screening at our office. Call 315-786-3730 to make an appointment.
Lead poisoning is preventable.
keep children away from peeling paint and/or broken plaster, and remodeling/renovation sites
wash children's hands often to rinse off any lead dust or dirt
wash child's toys often - especially teething toys
let cold water tap run for at least one minute before using
don't bring lead home from work - wash work clothes separately, take a shower after getting home
avoid having children play in soil around foundations of older buildings. Use a sandbox instead