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My home was built before 1950. Could my baby be exposed to lead?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Houses built before 1970 may contain lead based paint.
Paints now do not contain lead and many of these old houses have now been repainted, however the lead underneath still may pose a risk to children. There are kits you can buy to test the paint on your walls for lead exposure. Test any paint chips you see or parts of the pain flaking off as these are what babies may put in their mouths.

In brief: Yes

Houses built before 1970 may contain lead based paint.
Paints now do not contain lead and many of these old houses have now been repainted, however the lead underneath still may pose a risk to children. There are kits you can buy to test the paint on your walls for lead exposure. Test any paint chips you see or parts of the pain flaking off as these are what babies may put in their mouths.
Dr. Laura Webb
Dr. Laura Webb
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

It's a good idea to have your baby screened for lead.
Your pediatrician may recommend it within the first few years of life. A simple blood test can be done to provide reassurance.

In brief: Yes

It's a good idea to have your baby screened for lead.
Your pediatrician may recommend it within the first few years of life. A simple blood test can be done to provide reassurance.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Dr. Mary David
Paint is the main culprit. If there is old lead paint in your house it needs to be removed and you need to repaint.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Yes, houses built before the 1970s are a potential source of lead in a child's environment.
. There are other, less obvious sources too. Your baby's doctor should be screening your baby for lead exposure around one year of life. If you suspect exposure before that, or have quesions, please ask your baby's doctor.

In brief: Yes

Yes, houses built before the 1970s are a potential source of lead in a child's environment.
. There are other, less obvious sources too. Your baby's doctor should be screening your baby for lead exposure around one year of life. If you suspect exposure before that, or have quesions, please ask your baby's doctor.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Lead is a naturally occurring element, and was used in homes for generations before the most recent 30 years.
So, children growing up in older homes will likely have more lead exposure than kids living in new homes will have. A blood lead test is routinely done at age 1 year and 5 years, in communities with elevated lead exposures.

In brief: Yes

Lead is a naturally occurring element, and was used in homes for generations before the most recent 30 years.
So, children growing up in older homes will likely have more lead exposure than kids living in new homes will have. A blood lead test is routinely done at age 1 year and 5 years, in communities with elevated lead exposures.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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