Lead presents a very serious danger to children; it can affect your child’s ability to learn, pay attention, grow normally, and behave appropriately. Your child could come in contact with lead from the paint and dust in homes and buildings built before 1978, or old handmade or imported pots and dishes. Certain cosmetics and imported candy also contain lead.
If you think your child may have been exposed to lead, the Public Health Branch can help. Our Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) works to increase awareness about the hazards of lead exposure, to reduce lead exposure in the environment, and to increase the number of children who have been tested for exposure to lead. The CLPPP offers home visits, education about lead poisoning, and environmental home inspections to the families of children with severe lead poisoning.
The CLPPP also provides information and education to the general public, medical providers, and community-based organizations.
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