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Childhood lead poisoning is a significant problem in Wisconsin. Wisconsin consistently ranks in the top 10 states in the nation for number of lead-poisoned children. These resources provide an overview of the damaging effects of lead on children throughout this lives.

Lead in the Human Body (PDF, 130 KB) It describes the ingestion, absorption, distribution, and elimination of lead from the body.

Intellectual Impairment in Children with Blood Lead Concentrations below 10µg/dL (Exit DHS; PDF, 118 KB) A study on the relationship between blood lead levels and IQ indicates that blood lead levels below 10 µg/dl can cause a decline in IQ points (April 17, 2003 NEJM; 348:16; 1517-26).

Alliance for Healthy Homes (Exit DHS) Offers a broad range of information about research, funding, innovative strategies and more about lead hazards and other health risks in the home.


Additional Resources

- Parents: Look Out for Lead in English and Spanish (PDF, 92 KB) 

- Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Arabic and Somalian (Exit DHS; PDF, 281 - 936 KB)

- Coping With Your Child's Diagnosis (Exit DHS; PDF, 590 KB)


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