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Where is it Found?

Children are particularly at risk from harmful exposure to lead from flaking, chipping, and peeling lead paint in older homes and buildings (built before 1978).

Lead can also be found in:
  • Metal and costume jewelry
  • Toys
  • Stained glass/Leaded crystal
  • Solid/dust near lead industries, roadways, lead-painted homes
  • Ceramic ware/Glazed pottery
  • Mini blinds
  • Imported Candies (especially chili-based candy, imported from Mexico)
  • Natural calcium supplements

A blood test is the only way to tell if a child has been poisoned by lead.  Usually, a “finger poke” is all that is needed to initially test for lead poisoning.  If blood level results are high, however, an additional blood draw may be taken to confirm results.