Are you concerned your child may have been exposed to lead? Every county health department in the Coastal Health District can provide a lead screening through a simple blood test. Call the health department in your county for information about cost and to make an appointment, if necessary.
Children are especially vulnerable to the poisoning effects of lead dust that comes from damaged, chipped, or otherwise deteriorated lead-based paint.
Although the presence of lead-based paint in the home can be a concern, a child can be exposed to lead through other means including toys, jewelry, fishing lures, glazed pottery, and other products available in today’s market.
If you suspect any type of lead poisoning in your family, contact your local health department.