Girl Poisoned by Lead in Lip Gloss

Published 04/15 2013 10:48AM

Updated 04/15 2013 10:51AM

(KWWL)  All Iowa children are required to be tested for lead poisoning before entering kindergarten.

Lead poisoning is most common in kids under age six, and can have serious health consequences from learning disabilities to death.

Kids are typically exposed to high lead levels if they live in an older home with lead based paint, or suck on toys with lead paint. But one eastern Iowa family's learning lead lurks in other places, too.

Brooklyn Schneiderman just turned six. She's a happy little girl. But just a few months ago, Brooklyn had a health scare when a routine screening showed her lead levels at nearly double the acceptable amount.

At first, her parents couldn't figure out what was causing it.

"They reminded us to look at what her favorite toy was, or what she played with the most," said Brooklyn's mother, Jennifer Schneiderman. "So that was easy then. It was lip gloss. She'd sit in front of her mirror for long periods of time and apply lip gloss."

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