Can lead make me sick?

No amount of lead in the body is considered safe. Young children below the age of three are at the highest risk because their brains are still growing and they are crawling, teething and putting things in their mouths.
Lead poisoning usually happens when a child is around small amounts of lead for a long time, but lead poisoning can happen quickly if a something with lead is swallowed, such as a toy or paint chip. Lead can hurt your whole body and can harm young children and babies even before they are born.

It can be hard to tell if a child is lead poisoned because there may be no signs or the signs may be hard to notice.
  • Harm to the brain and other systems
  • Speech, behavior and learning problems
  • Slowed growth
  • Hearing problems
  • Digestive problems, loss of appetite
Lead poisoning can harm your health for a long time, even into adulthood. If you think that you or your child may have lead poisoning, talk to your doctor. Some low-cost health clinics also provide lead testing.