Oregon Children At risk for Lead Poisioning- Recent Update!

With the cluster of recent toy recalls, lead poisoning is back in spotlight as a major health concern for our children.   While toys are gaining most of the press, the truth isthat lead is found in other household places that are of equal concern.  Reducing all sources exposure is key to staying safe.
Indoor lead dust is a major cause of lead poisoning in children. In a recent Multnomah county study, a screening procedure was used to measure the amount of lead dust in 125 houses in North, Northeast, and Southeast Portland that were built before 1930. Seventy-one percent of the houses had composite lead dust levels that exceeded federal standards. These levels are hazardous to the neurological development and physical health of children and adults!  Read more to find out what you can do to protect your family.

Posted by: LeighAnn


The Multnomah County lead line is 503-988-4000.  If you think your child is being exposed to lead in the home, the nice folks at the lead line will assist you in how to screen your child and identify any possible sources of exposure.  If you qualify, most of this can be done for FREE.
In a 2004 survey of Oregon physicians who routinely see children in their practice, only 50% said that they routinely screen children for lead at the recommended 12 and 24 months of age.  Lead exposure adversely affects the cognitive development and behavior of young children (1). For children aged <6 years, CDC has defined an elevated blood lead level (BLL) as >10 µg/dL, but evidence exists for subtle effects at lower levels (2)The most recent study specific to the lead poisioning in Multnomah county states that our children are at risk.  Read the whole article here.
1.   Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Toxicological profile for lead. Atlanta, Georgia: US Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 1999.
2. Schwartz J. Low-level lead exposure and children's IQ: a meta-analysis and search for a threshold. Environ 1994;65:42--55.

The Oregon State department of Environmental Health is also a great resource.
This link provides information on Oregon "lead-free" certified contractors, Oregon screening guidelines and lead alerts/ recalls.


The next Lead prevention workshop will be held on July 24th at the Community Energy Project
The workshop is free and will provide free lead dust testing kits for your home.
Call to sign up at the number below:
422 Ne Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 284-6827


The great toy recall of 2007 is in full swing!  It ends up that Thomas Trains are just the tip of the iceberg.
Check out the link from the Oregon Department of Human Services to check on the latest recalls.
Recalls on account of lead are flooding in from stores such as Toys r Us, Cost Plus World Market, Wal Mart and Buy Rite.  Manufacturers are not limited to Mattell, but include Martin and Fischer Price.

CPSC Recall Alert June 13, 2007

RC2 Corp. Recalls Various Thomas & Friends TM Wooden Railway Toys Due to Lead Poisoning Hazard

Sold at: Toy stores and various retailers nationwide from January 2005 through June 2007 for between $10 and $70.

Hazard: Surface paints on the recalled products contain lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.


Description: The recall involves wooden vehicles, buildings and other train set components for young children listed in the chart below. The front of the packaging has the logo “Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway” on the upper left-hand corner. A manufacturing code may be located on the bottom of the product or inside the battery cover. Toys marked with codes containing “WJ” or “AZ” are not included in this recall.

 Remedy: Consumers should take the recalled toys away from young children immediately and contact RC2 Corp. for a replacement toy.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact RC2 Corp. toll-free at (866) 725-4407 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Thursday and between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. CT Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at recalls.rc2.com


Call Dr. Chapman to discuss the options available for testing and treatment of lead poisioning.  There are many safe and effective options available for both children and adults.