Childhood lead poisoning is one of the most common and preventable health problems today. Lead poisoned children are found in every county in Wisconsin. Some 2,000 children are affected by lead each year in Wisconsin. If your home was built before 1978, it most likely has lead paint. If your home was built before 1950, the paint contains more lead.
The long-term effects of lead in a child can be severe. They include learning disabilities, decreased growth, hyperactivity, impaired hearing, and even brain damage. If caught early, these effects can be limited by reducing exposure to lead and by medical treatment.