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Lead Poisoning: The risks and results of childhood exposure to lead

Coloradans can be exposed to lead from a variety of sources in their homes and environments.

Lead builds up in the body over time, and repeated exposure can lead to health problems. Infants and young children whose nervous systems are developing are at the highest risk of lead poisoning.


Sources of childhood lead exposure include:

Home remedies like Greta, Azarcon, Alacron, Rudea or Pay-loo-Ah
Family members whose jobs involve working with lead or lead-based products, such as construction, mining, welding, and plumbing
Imported, glazed pottery that may be used for cooking
Imported spices: turmeric, coriander, black pepper, thyme, & hanuman sindoor
Lead-containing soil or dust that is tracked into the home
Lead-containing materials used in hobbies: leaded bullets or fish sinkers, artist paints, stained glass, furniture refinishing
Lead-based paint in homes built before 1978 and imported toys
Water in pipes from homes built before 1986

Learn more about what you can do to reduce your family’s risk of exposure to lead. You can also find out about how to get yourself, your child and your home tested for lead using the resources below.

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Getting your child tested

Choosing to get your child tested for lead is an important way to ensure your child stays healthy and develops appropriately. Lead testing for children may look different depending on where you live and what tests are available at the time of testing. Contact your child’s health care provider to find out how to schedule a lead test.

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To learn more about lead poisoning risks, effects, and testing, check out the following resources:


The Colorado Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CCLPPP) focuses on identifying children at risk for lead poisoning and ensuring they get tested. The program also supports local public health in preventing, assessing and reducing lead exposures, and helping Coloradans access treatment when needed. The Colorado Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CCLPPP) is a part of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

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