Lead the Way to Lead Safety

One of the most leading questions I get nowadays is about lead and whether children can still get lead poisoning.  Since October is Lead Poisoning Prevention Month, let me get the lead out and provide some information on this subject.

Lead poisoning is still a problem and affects almost one million children in the U.S.  In 1996 the Vermont legislature passed Act 165 requiring all owners of rental housing and childcare facilities built before 1978 to perform lead clean-ups of their properties – however, exposure to lead still does occur.  It can result in learning disabilities, decreased intelligence, abdominal pain and other health problems.  The key point is that lead poisoning is preventable. 

If you want to reduce your child’s lead exposure here are a few suggestions:

 Hopefully tips like this will lead or should I say lead you in the right direction when it comes to taking care of a possible exposure to lead. 

Lewis First, M.D., is chief of Pediatrics at Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. You can also catch "First with Kids" weekly on WOKO 98.9FM and WPTZ Channel 5, or visit the First with Kids video archives at http://www.FletcherAllen.org/firstwithkids