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County launches campaign to increase awareness of dangers of child lead poisoning | News

The San Bernardino County Public Health Service will carry out a week-long information campaign on child lead poisoning issues to commemorate the October 24-30 pediatric lead poisoning prevention week.

This year’s county message is: “Even small amounts of lead can be harmful to your child’s health. Talk to your child’s doctor about a blood lead test.”

Campaigns include displaying street banners in Colton, Fontana, and Ontario cities, mailing information and materials to local agencies and businesses, and posting on social media. The Public Health Service has also partnered with cities such as Fontana, Redlands, and Upland to declare October as National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

“The purpose of this campaign is to remind parents that lead poisoning can be detrimental to the health and development of their infants. It is important for parents to ask their child’s doctor about a blood lead test.” County Health Officer Dr. Michael A. Sequeira said.

Lead poisoning can have serious effects on a child’s brain and nervous system. It can cause learning and behavioral problems. Blood lead testing is the only way to identify and confirm lead poisoning in children.

In California, children can be exposed to lead by ingesting lead-contaminated dust, paint debris from degraded lead-based paints, and lead-contaminated soil. Other causes of lead poisoning include lead dust brought back to parents’ work clothes, certain imported ceramic pottery, paints, traditional home remedies, imported spices, candies and other foods. In addition, activities involving lead products such as soldering, stained glass manufacturing, and handling bullets and weights can endanger children.

All parents and guardians of infants are invited to call or visit (909) 383-3022 www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/clppb Learn more about program services and methods to protect children from this quiet and serious environmental illness.



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