The Wayne County Health Department offices in Richmond.  PI file.

Indiana extends aid for children exposed to lead

The Wayne County Health Department offices in Richmond.  PI file.

RICHMOND, Ind. — Exposure to lead in children can cause lifelong health effects.

The exposure, usually from paint in homes built before 1978, can damage the brain and nervous system, cause learning and behavioral problems, retard growth and development or cause nausea and hearing loss, according to a Wayne County Health Department press release.

Effective July 1, the Indiana State Department of Health reduced lead levels in children it considers elevated. Lowering the blood lead reference and another law that expands testing and goes into effect Jan. 1 are steps toward reducing the risk of lead exposure in children.

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“It’s so important to know your child’s lead levels,” said Dr. David Jetmore, the county health officer, in the release. “Early detection and the ability to stop exposure to the lead can reduce the effects of exposure to a child.”

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