The number one environmental health risk to kids is found in their home.
At least four million households have children that are being exposed to high levels of lead, states Dr. Wornie Reed, Director of the Race and Social Policy Research Center.
Approximately half a million children ages one to five living in the United States have blood levels above what the CDC considers to be safe. While lead poisoning is completely preventable if proper steps are taken, once it is diagnosed it is incurable.
Most homes built before 1978 have some lead-based paint in them. Often that paint is covered with layers of newer paint. But if paint is peeling, chipping or cracking, it's a significant health threat.
Young children are at an increased risk of exposure as they can ingest the poison while crawling on floors contaminated by paint dust, and often put their hands in their mouths.
The Environmental Protection Agency warns that particles the size of two grains of sugar per day, ingested over a month, can cause impairment.
While it is the most preventable environmental disease facing young children in the United States, the risks associated with lead poisoning cannot be understated. It is essential for parents to obtain legal counsel to provide assistance for these permanent injuries.
If you know of a child that has been the victim of lead poisoning, please call us immediately at 800-529-1966. We have handled many lead poisoning cases and have lead the charge in Ohio for the last 20 years in lead poisoning cases.