9/12/2016 Notice: Maine has new lead paint regulations that take effect on September 12, 2016. We will update this page to include these new regulations as soon as possible.
You can play a big part in combatting childhood lead poisoning!
Did you know that many of the children you are seeing on daily basis could be dealing with the long-term effects of lead poisoning?
Lead poisoning affects neurological development and can lead to hearing loss, kidney damage, behavioral problems, hyperactivity and developmental delays.
The scariest part about lead poisoning is that there are often no noticeable symptoms until a child’s lead level is really high.
Even if a child does display one of the symptoms of lead poisoning - which include fatigue, irritability, loss of appetite, stomach discomfort, insomnia and reduced attention span - these symptoms are not unique to lead poisoning. This makes it hard for parents to tell if their children are being affected by lead.
If the children you are working with live in housing built before 1978, it is important to encourage parents to have their children tested for lead.
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