Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Lead poisoning is entirely preventable. The key is stopping children from coming into contact with lead and treating children who have been poisoned by lead. The Lead Program is devoted to preventing and reducing the risk of childhood lead poisoning in Delaware County.
Get the facts:
· Lead poisoning can affect anyone, but is particularly dangerous to young children, babies and unborn children.
· Even low levels of lead can make it hard to learn, pay attention, and behave.
· If you are pregnant, lead can harm your baby.
· A common source of lead poisoning is lead dust from old, peeling lead paint found in homes and buildings built before 1978. Lead can also be found in the soil around older homes.
· Lead dust settles on toys, windowsills and floors.
· A child can get lead poisoning by swallowing or breathing in lead or lead dust.
· If you are doing any home remodeling or repairs, be sure to follow lead-safe work practices. Keep pregnant women and children away from the work area.
· The only sure way to know if your child has lead poisoning is to get a lead test.
Delaware County Public Health provides the following services:
· Community outreach and professional education about the hazards of lead exposure and prevention of lead poisoning.
· Resources for families, physicians, and the community to assist in lead poisoning prevention practices and lead abatement.
· Data to identify exposure patterns and high-risk populations to enable strategic planning for lead poisoning prevention.
· Ensure that blood lead level screening services are available to children age birth through six who do not receive screening through a primary care provider because the child is uninsured or under-insured.
· Track children with elevated blood lead levels to assure that appropriate follow-up activities are performed. Note: A blood test is the only way to tell if a child has lead poisoning.
The Delaware County Health Department provides the public with education, environmental investigation, nutritional and developmental assessment, blood level monitoring and service coordination of elevated lead levels.
All children should be tested for lead at age 1 and again at age 2
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