Lead poisoning during childhood is a major but preventable environmental health problem in Pasadena. Lead can harm a child's brain, making it hard for a child to learn, pay attention and behave. Lead canenter a child's body through ingestion and skin contact with items containing lead. It will remain in the blood without treatment. A very small amount of lead can lead to poisoning--just enough lead to equal one granule of sugar each day over a period of time will raise a child's blood lead level enough to require treatment. A child with lead poisoning may not seem sick, but some children may have stomach problems, trouble sleeping, less energy than normal or may have problems concentrating.
The Pasadena Public Health Department's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program seeks to protect children from lead exposure in four important ways: by screening for lead, managing treatment, educating parents and organizations and investigating possible lead exposure in the Pasadena community.
Click here for an update on blood lead levels in children and steps parents can take to prevent lead exposure before it occurs.
Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children. To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning April 22, 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.
Providers can download the blood lead level reporting guidelines, as directed by the California Department of Public Health.
It is only in the last 10 years that candy has been tested for lead. You can't tell if candy has lead in it just by looking at it or tasting it. Check the list for safe candy choices at http://leadinmexicancandy.com/ and ask your health care provider to have your child tested for lead.
To find out about recent recalls of products and food items that contain lead, visit the CDC's Lead Recall List.