Lead poisoning remains a significant health concern for young children, yet it is entirely preventable. Lead harms children’s nervous systems and is associated with reduced IQ, behavioral problems, and learning disabilities.
While lead paint in homes built before 1978 continues to be the most common source of lead exposure, there are other sources of lead that can poison a child or adult such as take-home lead from work and casting of bullets or fishing sinkers. Although lead poisoning can cause serious health problems--including death--most lead-poisoned children demonstrate no visible symptoms. This makes it much more important to have an effective program to prevent childhood lead poisoning.