Lead testing is recommended for children 1 to 6 years of age and adults who are exposed to high lead levels through their work such as; painters, auto repair workers, galvanizers, plumbers and other professons.
The most important step Day Care providers, and parents can take is to prevent lead exposure before it occurs.
Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect a child's IQ and the ability to pay attention. And effects of lead exposure cannot be corrected.
Lead can be found in a variety of sources. These included:
- Paint in homes built before 1950.
- Water pumped through lead pipes.
- Imported items including clay pots.
- Certain consumer products such as, candles, make-up, and jewelry.
- Certain imported home remedies.
Be aware of lead in your home.
- If you see paint chips or dust in windowsills or on floors because of peeling paint, clean these areas regularly with a wet mop. Learn more at EPA's Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule see web page: http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm.
- Wipe your feet on mats before entering the home, especially if you work in occupations where lead is used. Removing your shoes when you are entering the home is a good practice to control lead.
- Remove recalled toys and toy jewelry from children's access. Stay up-to-date on current recalls by visiting the Consumer Product Safety Commission's web site: http://www.cpsc.gov/
Young children have a tendency to put all objects in their mouths, which increases their risk of high lead levels. Lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body and symptoms are not always obvious.