Lead exposure can affect your childs health without any visible signs or symptoms. Children can be exposed to lead through environmental sources, such as:
Young children are especially at high risk for lead exposure because of their normal hand-to-mouth activities, such as when playing and eating.
How does lead poisoning affect your child? Often there are no symptoms, but lead poisoning can cause speech and hearing impairment, learning difficulties, slowed growth pattern and a short attention span.
If your child is enrolled in any of the Medicaid programs, Medicaid requires that your child be tested at one and again at two years of age.