Lead does the greatest damage to the brain and central
nervous system. Children under six are at the greatest
risk because their developing bodies absorb lead more
In children, low-level lead poisoning can
Additional health facts about lead poisoning include:
- reduce intelligence
- cause hyperactivity
- impair growth
- shorten attention spans
- cause learning disabilities
- Pregnant women are at increased risk because lead in the mother's blood can affect the fetus.
- Severe lead poisoning can cause mental retardation, coma, and convulsions.
- There is no medical treatment for lead poisoning except in severe cases.
For more information on the health effects of lead,
visit these sites:
for Disease Control
Report on Lead