What is lead poisoning?
Lead poisoning happens when lead enters the body. Even at very low levels, lead can damage a child’s brain, cause behavior and learning problems, and slow growth. At very high levels, lead can cause seizures, coma and even death.
There is scientific evidence indicating that children suffer from adverse effects of lead at levels below 10 µg/dL (current Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Action Level) – including intellectual impairment, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and stunted growth.
As a result, the Cleveland Department of Public Health, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, and Shaker Heights Health Department recommend that 5 µg/dL be used as the new level of awareness for blood lead levels in our region.
Parents/Caregivers: Click Here for Cuyahoga County Lead Poisoning Prevention Guidelines
Medical Providers: Click Here for Lead Facts for Greater Cleveland Healthcare Providers