According to the Centers for Disease Control, two Central Georgia counties are considered 'high risk' for lead poisoning in children.
Although lead-based paint was banned in 1978, Rick Craft of the Macon-Bibb Health Department says the homes that still have the same paint often run into upkeep issues.
In 2013, the Department of Public Health named Macon-Bibb and Laurens County as two of thirteen counties with children at a high risk for lead poisoning.
Side effects of lead poisoning include learning and behavioral problems, hearing problems, organ failure, and brain damage.
Craft says, "As time goes on and the lead starts to breakdown with age, it becomes a lead powder, and the powder actually falls to the ground where children can pick it up."
AirMD toxicologist Simon Hahessy says the high number could be due to different levels of housing throughout Central Georgia.
Hahessy says, "Where we do find high levels of lead there is a strong correlation between the homes that are placed in lower socioeconomic areas."
Even if your home was built after the lead ban, Craft highly recommends lead testing in children from babies to six years old.
Craft explains the importance of testing saying lead can get into a child's system more ways than one saying, "I'll go very simplistically, somebody that's a painter who is scrapping paint, and working on renovating homes can possible bring a containment home. "
Craft says you can contact the health department or your local doctor to make an appointment to test your child's lead level.