State Public Health Department Shares Tips To Prevent Lead Poisoning Among Children

Jim Gudas
October 27, 2019 - 1:57 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said children can develop serious problems if they are exposed to too much lead.

"In children, we know that lead poisoning is associated with abnormal brain development, some neurologic disorder and difficulties with speach, with hearing," Ezike said. 

The state's top health official continued, explaining that lead paint in older homes is a leading cause of lead poisoning among Illinois children.

"There was lead in the paint before 1978. After that, it was banned," Ezike said. 

Ezike recommended cleaning up old paint chips and peeling paint and advised that pregnant women and children should stay away from areas in older homes and buildings where renovations are underway.

She also suggested having your water tested for lead.