Effects of Lead Exposure
Lead is most harmful to children, especially those younger than age 6, because their brains and nervous systems are developing rapidly. Lead can affect the development of these systems when it’s swallowed or breathed in as dust. This happens commonly when lead dust is on children’s hands and toys.
Lead causes problems with children’s development:
- Growth and development problems
- Health, learning and behavioral problems
If you’re pregnant, being exposed to lead can also harm your baby’s health.
The only way to know if you have a recent or ongoing exposure to lead is to get a blood lead test. If you believe your family has been exposed to lead, call your family doctor or the KCHD at 616-632-7063.
Remember there is no safe level of lead in the blood.