How Lead Enters and Affects Our Bodies

FACT 1 out of every 11 children in the United States
has dangerous levels of lead in their bloodstream.
People can get lead in their body if they:
*Put their hands or other objects covered with lead dust in their mouths.
*Eat paint chips or soil that contains lead.
*Breathe in lead dust (especially during renovations that disturb painted surfaces)

Lead is even more dangerous to children than adults because:
*Babies and young children often put their hands and other objects in their mouths. These objects can have lead dust on them.
*Children's growing bodies absorb more lead than adults.
*Children's brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead.

FACT Even Children who appear healthy
can have dangerous levels of lead.
Lead's Effects -
If not detected early, children with high levels of lead intheir bodies can suffer from:

*Damage to the brain and nervous system.
*Behavior and learning problems (such as hyperactivity).
*Slowed growth.
*Hearing problems.

Lead is also harmful to adults. Adults can suffer from:
*Difficulties during pregnancy.
*Other reproductive problems (in both men and women).
*High blood pressure.
*Digestive problems.
*Nerve disorders.
*Memory and concentration problems.
*Muscle and joint pain.
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. All lead hazard information contained herein reproduced from the United States Environmental Protection Agency booklet entitled "Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home". Co-Authored by the U.S. EPA and the U.S. CPSC, Washington, D.C. Information on this web site pertaining to lead hazards is based upon current scientific and technical understanding of the issues presented and is reflective of the jurisdictional boundaries established by the statutes governing the co-authoring agencies. Following the advice given will not necessarily provide complete protection in all situations or against all health hazards that can be caused by lead exposure.

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