The good news: it’s 100% preventable.
Lead can be found throughout a child’s environment – in lead paint and lead dust in homes built before 1978; in certain water pipes and soil; in toys and toy jewelry; even in some types of imported candies. Lead exposure can damage the brain and nervous system; slow growth and development; and cause learning, behavior, speech and hearing problems. All this can result in lower IQ; decreased ability to pay attention; and under performance at school. Over 1/2 million US children have blood lead levels high enough to damage their health.
By law, all children, at about ages one and two, must be tested for lead poisoning. Per CT State Statutes, NDDH staff is required to investigate and follow up on elevated blood lead levels in children under the age of six. Certain results may require epidemiological and environmental investigation. The district participates in a lead abatement program, which provides free assistance to qualifying families.