Are you pregnant? Protect your baby from lead poisoning!

Lead is a poison that can cause high blood pressure in pregnant women. Lead in your body can be passed to your baby during pregnancy. Studies show that infants and toddlers exposed to even small levels of lead in utero can have problems in their growth, behavior, and their ability to learn.

Tell your healthcare provider if you think you've been exposed to lead, or if your child has an elevated blood-lead level.

A simple blood-lead test can determine your risk.

Be extra careful (or when possible avoid altogether) jobs or hobbies that involve working with lead

, such as building restoration, plumbing, stained glass work, or using lead fishing sinkers or bullets. Wash your hands before eating, and don't eat in the work or hobby area.

Click for information on lead-poisoning programs by state

If your house or apartment was built before 1978

, stay away from any repair work being done in your home until the area has been completely cleaned by the workers.

Children under age six should also be tested for lead. Ask your healthcare provider for a simple blood-lead test.

HOW ARE CHILDREN EXPOSED TO LEAD?

Lead sources may include: paint chips, dust, & soil in or around older (pre-1978) buildings older painted objects leaded glass, crystal, pewter, & ceramic dishes (more likely in painted china & in pottery from Latin America, the Middle East, & India) herbal/traditional remedies & cosmetics from other countries candy from Mexico toys & trinkets
Doctors and Public Health, click here to learn how the LeadCare II system can help you meet your state's blood-lead screening requirements.