Childhood blood lead levels 10 mcg per dL or higher
What is lead poisoning?
It is a build-up of lead in the body that can occur over a period of months or years. Children under the age 6 are most vulnerable to lead poisoning. Lead poisoning can occur when lead is swallowed, inhaled, or absorbed in any form.
What are the sources of lead?
Who is at risk?
How is a child’s lead level tested?
A blood sample is taken by either by a finger or heel prick or from a vein.
What do the results mean?
What are the symptoms of lead poisoning?
What are the long-term complications of elevated blood lead levels?
How can a childhood lead poisoning be prevented?
CDC - At-Risk Populations
CDC - Lead
CDC - Lead Poisoning Prevention and Treatment Recommendations for Refugee Children http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/Publications/RefugeeToolKit/pdfs/MedicalTechnicalBrief.pdf
Environmental Protection Agency - Lead
Mayo Clinic - Lead Poisoning
National Environmental Public Health Tracking - Childhood Lead Poisoning
ODH - Lead Poisoning Prevention - Children
World Health Organization - Lead poisoning and health