IS LEAD POISONING COMMON? CHILDREN BECOME LEAD POISONED IF THEY:
Unfortunately,1 in 14 Iowa children who are under the age of 6 are lead poisoned. It is alarming that this is 4 times the national average.
It is a known fact that lead poisoning is usually caused by lead-based paint found in homes built before 1960 and about 60% of Iowa's homes both in cities and in rural areas were built before 1960.
CHILDREN BECOME LEAD POISONED IF THEY:
SOME LEAD- POISONED CHILDREN MAY:
LEAD POISONING LINKS:
HOW CAN I TELL IF MY CHILD IS LEAD POISONED?
The only way to tell for sure if your child is lead poisoned is to get their blood tested. Most lead- poisoned children do not look sick.
It is recommended to get a blood lead test evey year until a child turns 6 years of age. Well child exams at the doctor's office are a good time to have this done. Many insurance plans pay for this test.
Monona County Public Health also does capillary blood lead tests for all children in the county regardless of insurance status. Donations for this service are accepted. These lead tests are done at our immunization clinics. Our lead tests are sent to the State Hygienic Lab. Results are mailed to the parents usually within 7-10 days. A lead level of under 10 ug/dL is considered normal.
Please see calendar for dates and times of our immunization/lead screening clinics.
2013 Immunization/Lead Screening Clinic Schedule