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Risk Factors for Lead Exposure - Children Born in the Same Year and Tested for Lead Before Age Three Years

Risk Factors

Risk factors for elevated blood lead levels in children identified in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) include living in housing built before 1950, especially deteriorating condition, being African American and living in a family in poverty. The Census measures: Homes Built Before 1950, and Children Under Age 5 Living in Poverty may be used as surrogate measures for a child's risk of lead poisoning due to lead paint in the home.

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Content updated: Thu, 3 Jan 2019 11:50:40 MST