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Study shows immigrant children are at increased risk of lead poisoning
Date:12/19/2007

viders to consider blood-lead testing when caring for foreign-born children of all ages. The Health Departments most current statistics show that while only 14% of the citys children were born outside the United States, 18% of lead poisoned children with lead levels requiring home investigation were foreign-born.

What parents can do to Protect their children from lead poisoning

  • Report peeling paint to your landlord. In New York City, landlords are required to fix peeling paint in homes where young children live.

  • Remind your doctor to test your child for lead poisoning at ages 1 and 2. Ask your doctor about testing older children who may be at risk for lead exposure, including exposures in other countries.

  • Wash floors, windowsills, hands, toys, and pacifiers often.

  • Use only cold (not hot) tap water to make baby formula and for drinking and cooking. Run the water for a few minutes first.

The Health Department's efforts to prevent lead poisoning among immigrant children include

  • Distributing educational materials in multiple languages to help immigrant parents reduce childrens exposure to lead

  • Working with community organizations to increase awareness within immigrant communities Providing information to health care providers and traditional healers on lead poisoning risks and blood lead testing.

  • Educating landlords and contractors on requirements to identify and safely correct lead-based paint hazards in homes.

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Contact: Jessica Scaperotti
jscapero@health.nyc.gov
212-788-5290
New York City Health Department  
Source:Eurekalert

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