Lead Poisoning Prevention
Lead poisoning is one of the most preventable environmental health problems in young children. High levels of lead can harm the brain, interfere with growth, cause learning difficulties, and may cause death.
Children can be exposed to lead from any of the sources below. Children are at higher risk of lead exposure if they frequent older homes that contain lead in pipes, mini-blinds, or that have chipping and peeling paint.
Possible sources of lead are:
Lead poisoning may occur without any signs or symptoms.
It can take a long time for symptoms of lead poisoning to appear. Your child may be at risk long before you see any effects. Some signs to look for are:
What's in that bottle?
Some spices used in cooking, herbal medicine, or as coloring for candies can contain lead. When purchasing these items, especially online, be sure you are getting safe products from trusted sources.
How a family in Ohio was affected by lead after renovations in their house.
Contact: Demetria Farve, 601-554-1006, email@example.com
To learn more about the risks of lead or to arrange a lead screening, contact your primary care provider or call the Mississippi Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes Program at (601) 576-7447.
For more information about Maternal and Child Health Programs and the MCH Block Grant, call 1-800-721-7222.
Links referenced on this page
|Reports: Mississippi data||http://msdh.ms.gov/page/41,0,176,63.html ok|
|What you need to know||https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/prevention/sources/foods-cosmetics-medicines.htm|
|One family's experience with lead||https://nchh.org/resource-library/Testimonial_Cantley.pdf|
|More Videos||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,25824,176,html ok|
|Mississippi lead surveillance reports||http://msdh.ms.gov/page/41,0,176,63.html ok|
|Quick Guide for Lead Poisoning Prevention, Clinical Evaluation, and Management||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/resources/19264.pdf|
|Pregnant? Lead Poisoning Prevention Starts Now (CDC)||https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/docs/are-you-pregnant.html|
|Lead and a Healthy Diet: What You Can Do to Protect Your Child||https://www.epa.gov/sites/default/files/2014-02/documents/fight_lead_poisoning_with_a_healthy_diet.pdf|
|Questions and Answers About Lead in the Home||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,11602,176,html ok|
|Combata el Envenenamiento con Plomo con una Dieta Saludable||https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/documents/nutritionsp.pdf|
|Avoiding Take-Home Lead Exposure||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/resources/11589.pdf|
|Fact sheets, brochures and educational materials||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,176,92,html ok|
|Lead-Free Mississippi: Resources and information for Mississippians||https://www.leadfreems.org/|
|Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Lead Poisoning Information||http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/|
|All Children Can Be Exposed to Lead (CDC)||https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/docs/all-children-can-be-exposed-to-lead.html|
|Lead Poisoning Prevention from the EPA||http://www.epa.gov/lead|
|Lead-Based Paint Visual Assessment Training (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)||http://www.hud.gov/offices/lead/training/visualassessment/h00101.htm|
|Video: How to test children for lead with maximum accuracy (CDC)||https://youtu.be/g2p2qREch9g|
|MSDH Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes Program||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,0,360,html ok|
|National Center for Healthy Housing||http://nchh.org/|
|Healthy Homes (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)||https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/healthy_homes|
|Learn more||https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,19322,176,pdf/LeadSafeHattiesburg.pdf ok|
|Quick Guide for Lead Poisoning Prevention, Clinical Evaluation, and Management||https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/resources/19264.pdf ok|
|Avoiding Take-Home Lead Exposure||https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/resources/11589.pdf ok|
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