Lead exposure is dangerous, especially for children and pregnant women. The exposure can impact a child’s developing brain or cause miscarriages and preterm birth. There is no safe level of lead in the blood.
Treatment typically means avoiding further exposure to the source and medications to help remove lead from the body. According to aap.org, “therapy for children with blood lead levels of 20 to 44 micrograms per deciliter can be expected to lower blood lead levels, but it has not been shown to reverse or diminish cognitive impairment or other behavioral or neuropsychological effects of lead.”
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has launched a statewide awareness campaign to educate Michigan residents about sources of lead in and around the home. Lead can be found in soil, chipping and peeling paint, drinking water if supplied by lead pipes, certain home remedies, and is used in some hobbies and occupations.
The campaign’s efforts will focus on identifying possible sources of lead, such as paint, dust, water and soil – as well as how to reduce, eliminate and mitigate those exposures through advertising on the web, social media and Pandora.
MDHHS has also set up a new website to provide a one-stop shop on lead, lead hazards and mitigation steps.
“Lead can be found in dust, soil, paint in older homes, in lead-containing pipes and faucets,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health. “We want no child in Michigan to be exposed to lead, and this educational campaign is an important part of that effort.”
For more information, visit Michigan.gov/MILeadSafe.