Lead is a metal that can harm children and adults when it gets into their bodies. Lead can be found in dust, air, water, soil, and in some products used in and around our homes.
Children under six years old are more likely to get lead poisoning than any other age group.
Lead can harm a young child's growth, behavior, and ability to learn.
Most often, children get lead poisoning from breathing in or swallowing dust from old lead paint that gets on floors and windowsills, hands and toys. Lead can also be passed from mother to baby during pregnancy.
The CDC estimates that there are half a million U.S. children ages 1-5 with elevated blood lead levels and at least 4 million households with children living in them that are being exposed to high levels of lead.
The Elkhart County Health Department:
Lead screening tests are done with a finger stick to obtain a small blood sample.
Parents are encouraged to have their children screened for lead if any of the following conditions apply:
Lead testing can be scheduled for children ages 6 months through 6 years.
A Registered Nurse will provide case management for children with elevated blood lead levels:
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Elkhart, IN 46516-2116
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