By Holly Lebowitz Rossi
May 17, 2012

According to the CDC, lead poisoning mainly comes from flaking paint or dust from paint that was applied before 1978, when lead was banned from house paint.  Young children are of particular risk because they put so many things into their mouths.  Parents can prevent lead poisoning by testing home surfaces for lead, keeping dusty or peeling paint away from play areas, and having children's lead levels checked regularly by a pediatrician.

Image: Paint flaking from window, via Shutterstock.

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