Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
- Childhood lead poisoning is a preventable illness.
- Lead is toxic especially to children.
- Lead can harm a child’s brain and cause learning difficulties and behavior problems.
- Children under six years of age are at most risk.
- Lead can also harm unborn babies.
- Lead can be found in paint, dust, soil, water, ceramic pottery, old toys and many other places.
- Keep paint in good shape
- Work safely and clean up if you paint or repair
- Keep your home free of lead dust
- Wash your children’s hand often especially before eating
- Supervise your children’s activities
- Feed your children food which is high in calcium and iron and low in saturated fat
Blood Lead Testing
- It is New York State law that all children at their one and two year old medical checkups receive blood lead testing.
- Any blood lead level which is 10 ug/dl(micrograms per deciliter) or over is considered to be elevated
- Other children up to six years old should be tested if their medical provider thinks that they are at high risk
- All pregnant women should be screened by their health care provider for lead poisoning risks. If risk(s) are identified a blood lead level should be done.
- This program provides nursing and environmental follow-up for children who have a blood level greater than 20 ug/dl.
- A joint home visit is made by a Community Health Nurse and an Environmental Health Sanitarian.
- Nursing responsibilities include assessment of child and lead education
- The Sanitarian performs a home lead risk assessment which identifies lead hazards in the home. which analyzes the areas of possible contamination and monitors lead remediation if lead is found.
- Children who have a blood lead level between 10-19 ug/dl receive lead education and are monitored by a Community Health Nurse to assure proper follow-up.
- The Healthy Neighborhoods Program provides supplies and educational materials regarding childhood lead poisoning prevention.
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