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Lead is bad for children. You canít see, taste, or smell lead. Getting your child tested for lead is easy. It is best for your child to be tested at age 1 and 2, but they can be tested up to age 6. Just ask your childís doctor.

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There are many ways your child can get lead poisoning. One of the most common ways is from lead paint. Most homes built before 1978 used lead-based paint. Lead can also be found in toys and jewelry as well as pots and containers and folk medicine made in other countries. Most children get lead poisoning from lead dust on their hands and toys.