Hundreds of thousands of children living in the United States have elevated blood lead levels that may cause serious damage to their health. They can develop behavior and learning problems (such as hyperactivity), slowed growth, hearing problems, and aggressive patterns of behavior. Stopping a child’s exposure to lead from leaded paint, house dust, or any other source is the best way to prevent the harmful effects of lead.
To raise awareness of the consequences of lead poisoning among parents and pregnant women who live in homes built before 1978, Wayne County Public Health is participating in National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) October 20-26. This year's NLPPW theme, "Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future," stresses the importance of testing your child and learning how to prevent lead poisoning’s serious health effects.
In observance of NLPPW, representatives from Wayne County Public Health will have a display table and will share information with the community on Tuesday, October 22 from 10am – 2pm in the main lobby at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital.
For questions or more information, call 946-5749.