In California, children can be exposed to lead by ingesting lead-contaminated dust, paint chips from deteriorating lead-based paint, and lead-contaminated soil.

The Siskiyou County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program celebrate Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week last week, Oct. 20-26, with a week-long information campaign about childhood lead poisoning issues. The theme this year was, “Dust and dirt with lead can hurt. Keep kids away from lead where they play.”

Lead poisoning can seriously affect a child’s brain and nervous system, according to a press release from Siskiyou County Public Health. It can cause learning and behavioral problems. A blood lead test is the only way to identify lead poisoning in children.

“The purpose of this campaign is to remind parents that lead poisoning can be detrimental to young children’s health and development. It's important for parents to ask their child's doctor about lead testing,” stated Stephen Kolpacoff, M.D. Public Health Officer.

In California, children can be exposed to lead by ingesting lead-contaminated dust, paint chips from deteriorating lead-based paint, and lead-contaminated soil. Other sources of lead poisoning include lead dust brought home on parents’ work clothes, certain imported ceramic pottery, painted objects, traditional home remedies, traditional cosmetics, and imported spices, candies, and other food products, the release states. Additionally, activities that involve lead products such as soldering, making stained glass, and handling bullets or fishing sinkers can put children at risk.

All parents and caregivers of young children are encouraged to learn how to protect their children from this silent and serious environmental disease, the release stresses.

For more information about lead poisoning prevention contact Angie McKnight, LVN at (530) 841-2125.