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:

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.

Resources

MICHIGAN DHHS LEAD
EXPOSURE FAQ

State of Michigan information for quick reference on general lead risk and prevention. A great resource to start learning more about lead exposure risk.
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CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION - CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING PREVENTION PROGRAM

State of Michigan information for quick reference on general lead risk and prevention. A great resource to start learning more about lead exposure risk.
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Official CDC resource focused on keeping kids safe from lead risk and information on the organization’s efforts to improve lead safety and outcomes.
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