What is lead poisoning?
Lead is a toxic metal used in a variety of products and materials, including paint, vinyl mini-blinds, pipes, leaded crystal, dishware, and pottery coatings. When lead is absorbed into the body, it can cause serious damage to vital organs like the brain, kidneys, nerves, and blood cells. Lead poisoning is especially harmful to children under the age of six.

Despite laws established in the 1970s to make people aware of the dangers of lead and its poisonous effects, lead poisoning in children remains a common, yet preventable, environmental health problem in the United States.

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1. What is lead poisoning?
2. What are the health effects of lead poisoning in children?
3. What are the symptoms of lead poisoning?
4. What are the main sources of lead?
5. How can lead poisoning be prevented?