What You Should Know About Childhood Lead Exposure
- Brain Damage
- Impaired Speech and Language
- Slowed Growth
- Kidney and Liver Damage
- Hearing Damage
- Learning Disabilities
- Problems Paying Attention
- Disorganized Approach to Learning
- Poor Work Completion
- Increased Risk to Drop Out
Social Relationship Damage:
- Communication Deficits
- Impulsive, Hyperactive Behavior
- Problems Sharing and Taking Turns
- Increased Aggression
- Increased Need for Adult Supervision
- Damage from lead exposure can become permanent.
A Note for Pregnant Women:
Lead can pass from a mother to her unborn baby.
Too much lead in your body can:
- Put you at risk for miscarriage.
- Cause your baby to be born too early or too small.
- Hurt your baby‚Äôs brain, kidneys, and nervous system.
Real-World Outcomes of Lead Poisoning in Children
Who Is At Risk in Douglas County?
All children have some risk of lead exposure from many different sources.
Children with the most risk of exposure are those under 7 years of age who:
- Live or visit east of 72nd Street
- Live or visit a home built before 1978 that needs repair, is being repaired or renovated, or has the original windows and porch.
- Put many things in their mouths including toys, fingers, and soil
Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) recommends
ALL children have a blood lead test at least once a year through age 3. Children at high risk for lead exposure should continue to be tested yearly through age 6.
Ask your doctor or call DCHD at 402-444-7825 to schedule a test or receive more information.