Head Start Alerts Parents About Lead Poisoning

Mississippi Action for Progress/Head Start hosted a workshop about lead poisoning Tuesday.

Head Start is seeking the help of parents in getting children checked for this condition. Children can be exposed to lead, especially in homes built before 1978.

Symptoms usually develop over weeks and months as lead builds up in the body.

Typical symptoms in children are loss of appetite, abdominal pain, vomiting, weight loss, constipation, anemia, kidney failure, irritability, lethargy, learning disabilities, and behavior problems. Children may also experience hearing loss, delayed growth, drowsiness, clumsiness, or loss of new abilities, especially speech skills.

If you think a child could have been exposed to lead, make sure you tell his or her doctor and ask that the child be tested.

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