Doctor answers questions about lead poisoning

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – First it was Flint, Michigan, then concerns in the small Ohio Village of Sebring. The water crisis is top of mind for many people along with questions about lead poisoning.

Dr. Paul Weber, a pediatrician with The Pediatric Group, joined Katie Ussin on Five on 2 to provide some answers.

He said when lead is absorbed into the body, it can affect the parts of the brain that help with development. That’s why lead poisoning is such a concern in children. The lead never leaves the body.

In the Miami Valley, older homes with lead-based paint pose the biggest risk.

Dr. Weber says parents should have their children tested for lead exposure and toxicity. Most pediatric and physicians offices perform routine screening.

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