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 works to prevent the damaging effects of lead poisoning. We can provide home visits, environmental home inspections, and nutritional assessments to families of children with severe lead poisoning.
We teach medical providers and the community about prevention and treatment of lead poisoning at health fairs and other events.