Lead, a natural element, has been much in the news lately as a result of the toxicity of the water in Flint, Michigan. For many years it has been known that lead is a very toxic substance and responsible for many forms of illness in children. One danger is to the brain where symptoms range from severe damage to changes in behavior and learning. Because lead is so prevalent in the environment and there are still sources to be found where children can encounter them, it is wise to check with your child’s healthcare provider to determine if testing for lead levels should be done.

And – it is also wise to learn about places that are most likely to be contaminated with lead.

For more information on preventing lead contamination and ways to protect yourself from lead poisoning, please visit the Center for Disease Control website.