Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Childhood lead poisoning can still be a problem today

October 8, 2019

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By Steven John

Lead is toxic to everyone, but unborn babies and young children (6 months to 3 years) are at greatest risk for health problems from lead poisoning. Young children absorb lead more easily than older kids and adults, and lead is more harmful to them.

Linda Overton from Riverside University Health System Public Health’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program came on the show to talk about October’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.

Overton says a couple of ways to help protect your kids from lead poisoning is to keep your home lead-free. Ask your local health department about having your home checked for lead sources. Ask your doctor about having your kids tested for lead exposure.

Listen to the interview in this segment of Eye on the Community.