Children and pregnant women are the most vulnerable to high lead levels. Inhaled or ingested lead by a pregnant mother can be sent to the unborn child through the blood. Pre-natal exposure to lead can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, low birth weight and underdeveloped babies. Even women who have had past exposure to lead can have problems during later pregnancies.
If you live in or spend time at a house built before the 1950s there is a risk of lead poisoning.
Lead Risk Questionnaire
- Has your child lived in or stayed at a home or day care that is more than 20 years old?
- Does your child live in or spend time in a home that is more than 20 years old and being remodeled?
- Does your child play or have contact with other children with lead poisoning?
- Does your child have a sibling or playmate with an elevated lead level?
- Does your child frequently place their hands or non-food items in their mouth?
- Does your child play with painted old toys or sleeps in an antique crib?
- Does your child live with someone who:
works with scrap metal?
spray paints boats, bridges, tunnels?
tears down or fixes up old buildings?
makes fishing sinkers, bullets, or stained glass?
refinishes old furniture?
uses indoor firing ranges?
- Have you or your child ever lived in another country?
If you say YES to any of the following, your child may be at risk for lead poisoning. Talk to your physician or call (301) 759-5077.
Prevent Lead Poisoning
The Center for Disease Control recommends all children
be tested for lead poisoning at early ages (usually 1-2 years).
Early lead testing can prevent unknown high lead levels from occurring.
High-risk assessment questionnaires should be completed at a healthy
child check-up visit. Call your physician or the Allegany County
Health Department at (301) 759-5077 for more information about these
Lead Prevention services.