National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, October 10, 2013, 03:44 PM EDT
Nearly half a million children in the United States, ages 1 – 5, have blood levels high enough to cause significant damage to their health, estimates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If high blood levels are not detected early, children with such high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from damage to the brain and nervous system. They can develop behavior and learning problems (such as hyperactivity), slowed growth, hearing problems, and aggressive patterns of behavior.
To raise awareness of the consequences of lead poisoning among parents and pregnant women who live in homes built before 1978, the Paramus Board of Health is participating in National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) October 20-26. The Paramus Board of Health joins CDC, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in encouraging parents to learn more about how to prevent lead poisoning. This year’s theme, “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future”, underscores the importance of the many ways parents can reduce a child’s exposure to lead and prevent its serious side effects.
Parents can reduce a child’s exposure to lead in many ways. Some simple things you can do to help protect your family:
1. Get your home tested and before you buy an older home, ask for a lead inspection.
2. Get your child tested; even if your young children seem healthy, ask your doctor to test them for lead.
Get the facts! The Paramus Board of Health can provide you with helpful information about preventing childhood lead poisoning by calling 201-265-2100, Ext. 615 or 618.
Additional information can be found at the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323) or log onto www.leadfreekids.org .