Lead poisoning in young children is entirely preventable, however, an estimated 65,000 children living in New Hampshire have blood lead levels high enough to impair their ability to think, concentrate, and learn. Evidence shows that the most common source of lead exposure for children today is lead paint in older housing and the contaminated dust and soil it generates.
Young children, especially those under six that reside in these homes are at risk for lead poisoning through sitting, crawling and playing on the floor and in areas where lead paint dust collects. Their hand-to-mouth behavior and placing objects in their mouths puts them especially at risk.
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