Lead testing should be done on:
If not detected early, children with high lead levels in their bodies can suffer from mental, physical, developmental and behavioral changes and delays including lower IQ, kidney damage, hearing loss, growth problems and anemia.
Lead testing is available through your pediatrician or doctor. We also provide lead screening at our immunization and some WIC clinics. Call 873-3500 for an appointment and more information.
Lead-based paint and lead contaminated dust are the most likely sources of lead exposure for our children. Houses built before 1978 are likely to have some lead-based paint. The deterioration of this paint into chips or dust that are ingested (swallowed) or inhaled (breathed in) by children puts them at risk for lead poisoning.
Children under 6 years of age are at increased risk because they are growing so rapidly and most likely to put things in their mouths as they explore their world.
Lead poisoning can happen without any obvious symptoms. But some people with lead poisoning experience:
As a local health department we are required to conduct a lead poisoning prevention program to prevent & reduce elevated blood lead levels in children and pregnant women by: