NYC Health has found that New York City childhood lead poisoning cases have dropped 17% from 2010 to 2011 and the number of childhood lead poisonings have declined 56% since 2005.
While there have been dramatic declines in the number of childhood lead poisoning cases in NYC, lead poisoning still poses a potential health risk for young children living in older, poorly maintained housing. Peeling lead paint is the primary cause of lead poisonings amongst NYC children.
October 21-27, 2012 is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. NYC Health reminds you of 5 simple ways to protect your children from lead poisoning:
- Report peeling paint to your building owner, if your building owner doesn’t fit it, call 311;
- Remind your doctor to test your children for lead poisoning at ages 1 and 2, ask about testing older children;
- Wash floors, window sills, hands, toys and pacifiers often;
- Don’t use imported products known to contain lead- such as foods, spices, medicines, herbal health products, clay pots and dishes, cosmetics and toys
- Use only cold tap water to make baby formula for drinking and cooking- run the water for a few minutes first.
Visit www.nyc.gov/lead for more information.