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What is Lead Poisoning?

Lead poisoning is an illness caused by swallowing or breathing lead, which is a heavy metal that is toxic to humans. Children under the age of 6 years are more vulnerable to lead poisoning than adults because a child's growing body absorbs lead more easily. This absorption of lead can result in damage to the child's brain and nervous system, which can also lead to serious health problems. Children exposed to lead may not look or act sick so it is very important to have your child's doctor do a blood test to make sure the child is lead free.

Lead poisoning is entirely preventable, thus, public health education is important in the prevention of childhood lead poisoning. Learning how to identify and reduce sources of lead exposure in the home can help keep your children safe from lead. Become informed, learn the risks associated with lead poisoning and help us "Keep Alabama's Kids Lead Free!"

Lead Poisoning Can Cause

  • Lower IQs
  • Shortened Attention Spans
  • Hyperactivity/Irritability
  • Behavior Problems
  • Reading/Learning Problems
  • Hearing/Growth Problems
  • Anemia

High Levels of Exposure Can Cause

  • Permanent Intellectual Disability
  • Convulsions
  • Coma
  • Death

Lead Poisoning Prevention

Page last updated: November 7, 2018