Lead Exposure 101

Should You Be Concerned?

There seems to be little question that urban kids are more at risk for lead exposure than suburban children because they suffer from the unhappy combination of old housing stock and industrial contamination. Certainly some locales seem to have more problems than others.

Cities on record with high incidences of lead poisoning include:

  • Providence
  • Chicago
  • Rochester
  • Philadelphia
  • Detroit
  • Boston (though Beantown seems to have cleared up much of the problem with its very stringent lead abatement program)

But it's not just the old-time industrial cities with problems; even San Francisco estimated that 8 percent of its children had elevated blood levels.

When do you really have reason to worry or take action?

  1. If you live in poorly maintained, inner-city housing.
  2. If you live in a building built before 1978 -- especially, if the apartment's been renovated or you're doing the renovation.
  3. If your child plays on dirt at your home, daycare, school, or playground and that area is located near high traffic roads.
  4. If your child has a BLL of 5 or more.

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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