baby_wbunnybowDust or flakes from peeling or chipping lead paint gets into children’s bodies through hand-to-mouth contact.  Lead was banned from use in residential paint in 1978 but any house built before 1978 likely has lead-based paint somewhere in the building.

Lead removal is very hazardous and should only be done by a licensed professional.

Lead can also be found in some:

  • cosmetics
  • food additives
  • jewelry
  • pottery
  • traditional medicines

Health Effects

Lead is a hazardous contaminant that can cause health problems in children and adults.  During pregnancy, lead can cause preeclampsia (high blood pressure and high protein in the urine) and other problems that impact the fetus. Lead exposure is linked with reduced IQ, learning disabilities, and other health problems.

Links

Printable Resources

Lead and Pregnancy Risk Questionnaire (English Updated 10_2015)
NC DHHS Lead and Pregnancy Risk Questionnaire (English, Updated 10/2015)
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Lead-Safe Toys (English)
Lead_and_Diet1_English
Lead Poisoning and Eating Habits (English)
Lead-poisoning-Facts_eng1
Lead Poisoning Facts (English)
leadbrochure
Lead and Pregnancy brochure (English) 
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NC DHHS Lead and Pregnancy Risk Questionnaire (Spanish, Updated 10/2015)
Lead_Toy_Span_Page_1
Lead-Safe Toys (Spanish)
Lead_and_Diet_Spanish
Lead Poisoning and Eating Habits (Spanish)
Lead-poisoning-Facts_span1
Lead Poisoning Facts (Spanish)
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Lead and Pregnancy Brochure (Spanish)

Testing and Follow-up Action Chart
Lead and Pregnancy, Testing and Follow-up Action Chart
EPA Lead brochure
EPA Lead brochure
CDC Lead and Pregnancy 2010 Guidelines
CDC Lead and Pregnancy 2010 Guidelines
CPSC recalls on lead-tainted clothing and toys-updated 11-2-15_Page_1
Consumer Product Safety Commission Recall Notices: Lead-tainted Toys and Clothing (11/2015)
Prevent Childhood Lead Brochure (English)
Prevent Childhood Lead Brochure (Spanish)