Lead causes serious damage to children's brains even at relatively low levels of exposure, and the effects are difficult to overcome.
The American Academy of Pediatrics supports widespread lead screening of children, as well as funding programs to remove lead hazards from the home, learning, and play environments. Primary prevention is the only way to combat lead poisoning.
Knowing the environment where your child will live, learn, and play and removing the source of lead before your child encounters it will prevent lead exposure and the adverse effects that result from it.
Talk with your pediatrician
If you have questions about lead screenings, talk with your pediatrician. Your regional Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) have staff who can also talk with parents about concerns over environmental toxins.