Children's Health Awareness

Protect your children from lead poisoning.
Childhood lead poisoning is the most common environmental illness in California children. Even small amounts of lead can build up in the body and cause lifelong learning and behavior problems. A blood test is the only way to find out if your child has lead poisoning, as there are no symptoms. Most common sources of lead poisoning are contaminated dust, paint and soil getting in a child’s mouth and nose. Lead is also often found in imported consumer products including children’s metal jewelry, toys, canned food, home remedies, cosmetics, pottery, and candy.  In 2009, 96 percent of children tested in California were found to have some level of lead in their blood. Lead poisoning is treatable. Learn more by visiting our partners at the California Department of Public Health’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch The website is also offered in Spanish: Rama de la Prevention del Envenenamiento con Plomo. Find more information, including recalled consumer products containing lead online by visiting the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and CDC Lead Recalls webpages. Information was compiled in support of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 23-29, 2011 –   Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency compiled the following links as additional Lead Poisoning Prevention resources: