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What Is lead toxicity?

Lead toxicity happens when too much lead gets into the body.

Lead toxicity usually occurs over a period of months or years through small amounts of exposure. Children can get lead toxicity by breathing or swallowing dust that contains lead or by putting lead-containing objects in their mouths, such as paint chips, certain foods/candies, jewelry, cultural medicine, etc.

When lead gets into the body, it can travel to all parts of the body and cause harm to the organs or tissues and cause lasting problems. Lead is more harmful to young children because their brains and nervous systems are still developing.

Lead toxicity can be treated, but any damage caused cannot be reversed.