National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 25 – 31, 2020
Brian Long, President and CEO of Memorial Healthcare in Owosso, speaks in support of a plan announced Tuesday by State Rep. Ben Frederick./Courtesy photo
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 25 – 31, 2020 and is aimed to reduce childhood exposure to lead. Lead is a well-known hazard to children and cannot be seen with the naked eye and has no smell. Children can often be exposed by lead through lead-based paint, certain water pipes, soil, and consumer products like toys.
Children younger than 6 are especially at risk for lead poisoning because their bodies are still developing and are growing rapidly. Children in this age group often tend to put their hands and other objects in their mouth which can be contaminated with lead.
Because children with lead poisoning do not look sick, the only way to know if they have been exposed to lead is to have them get tested. The Shiawassee County Health Department can test a child for lead poisoning and will also work with the child’s healthcare provider for follow-up and treatment.
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Visit the Shiawassee County Health Department Facebook page during the week of October 25 – 31, 2020 to learn more about:
• How Do You Know if There is Lead In Your Home?
• Make Sure Children Crawl Safe
• Speak to a Healthcare Provider about Blood Lead Tests for Children
• Learn More about Your Drinking Water
• Additional Lead Information
For additional lead resources, please visit the National Center for Health Housing (www.nchh.org) or the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov/lead).
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