Lead paint

A window with peeling lead paint can be a hazard for children. Lead poisoning has been shown to significantly impair a child's cognitive development. (Courtesy photo)

LACONIA — Christine McNeil knew something was wrong when her infant son suddenly went from consuming a bottle of formula plus two jars of baby food in a single sitting, to eating and drinking nothing at all. 

It didn’t take long to determine the probable cause – a blood-lead level of 14.3 micrograms per deciliter, confirmed through blood tests at a time when New Hampshire's level for public health action was 10. Lead exposure isn’t a problem that typically occurs to new or experienced mothers – or even to medical providers, considering all the reasons little ones get finicky around food.


The Sunshine Project is underwritten by grants from the Endowment for Health, New Hampshire’s largest health foundation, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

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It’s NH- not shocked at all.

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