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How Do Children Get Lead Poisoning?

Young children, especially babies and toddlers, put everything in their mouth!! Houses or apartments built before 1978 may have old layers of paint with lead in them. If your little ones put tiny paint chips or their fingers that have dust from that paint in their mouths, lead poisoning can occur.

If you live in an older house, or your child has day care in an older home, learn what the lead hazards might be and how you can protect your young child.

Please read the newsletters here to learn more about how to protect your children and how to get blood lead tests done at ages 1 year AND 2 years of age.



Lead is a Danger for Every Baby and Child, Here's What You Should Know

Beware of Lead: Do you know where it may be hiding?

Get Ahead of Lead

What Your Child’s Blood Lead Test Means

Are you Pregnant? Learn How to Protect Yourself and Your Baby from Lead Poisoning

EPA’s publication on Fighting Lead with a Healthy Diet 

What Do Parents Need to Know to Protect Their Children?

More Information about Lead in Water<


Additional educational resources may be found at the NYS Department of Health Website


HealthLink on Air

Lead exposure remains a concern for children, adults in New York state

In a May 10, 2018 HealthLink on Air radio interview, Dr. Howard Weinberger explains why lead exposure can be so dangerous to the developing brains of children and can also damage the liver and kidneys of children and adults.

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