Assessing lead risks and lead screening can help to identify children who may have been exposed to lead.  Even low levels of lead exposure may cause adverse health effects in young children, such as learning and behavior problems.

Lead can be found in a variety of sources.  These include:

  • Lead-based paint in homes built before 1978 (when lead-based paints were banned).  Peeling or cracked paint can generate lead dust which children can swallow or breathe.
  • Lead-based products used in certain jobs and hobbies.  Family members may bring lead into the home on their clothing and body.
  • Lead-based glaze in certain dishes.  Lead may get into foods.
  • Certain consumer products such as candies, make-up, and jewelry.
  • Certain imported home remedies.
  • Water pumped through pipes containing lead for some water systems.

Keep Your Keiki LEAD-FREE Brochure

Child Lead Risk Questions

Lead Screening and Follow-up Guidelines for Health Care Providers

Resource: Prevent Children’s Exposure to Lead (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)