Protecting Children from Lead Exposure

Lead

Childhood lead poisoning is caused by swallowing or breathing in lead dust. Lead poisoning can hurt a child’s brain and nervous system and slow down their growth and development. A child who has too much lead in their body may have problems with learning and behaving well and those effects can last into adulthood. There is no safe amount of lead in a child’s blood. According to the CDC, most U.S. children who are 1 through 5 years of age have lead levels less than 5 ug/dL (micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood). If a child’s level is 5 or more, it is time to develop a plan to lower their exposure to lead. In Lincoln County approximately 350 children are tested each year for lead and 1 in 50 children tested have levels at 5 or greater. Continue Reading > >

Keep your Kids Smiling through the Holidays

Cheese Good SnackThe holiday season is always a busy time – especially for families. With kids out of school, as steady stream of festivities and a new year to plan for, the rhythm of everyday life gets put on hold. And sometimes that means good oral health routines and habits go out the window too.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) want to remind parents and caregivers that the holiday break is a great time to help your kids establish and maintain healthy dental habits. This includes good brushing, flossing and eating habits that are essential for healthy teeth.

The holiday season is always a busy time – especially for families. With kids out of school, as steady stream of festivities and a new year to plan for, the rhythm of everyday life gets put on hold. And sometimes that means good oral health routines and habits go out the window too.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) want to remind parents and caregivers that the holiday break is a great time to help your kids establish and maintain healthy dental habits. This includes good brushing, flossing and eating habits that are essential for healthy teeth.

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Healthy Guests: Happy Holidays!

Did you know that 47 million turkeys, amounting to 736 million pounds of turkey, will be eaten during the holiday season!

Food is a large part of holiday celebrations, and with consumers busier than ever, there can be a big stress around planning and preparing a safe, happy holiday celebration.

To help take the stress out of holiday planning, the Lincoln County Health Department is reminding citizens of safe food handling tips and resources they need to have a safe and tasty holiday celebration. Now is the time to be reminded of the four important basics of home food safety: Continue Reading > >

Establishments Receive Health Department Awards

Lincoln County Health Department announced the 1st Annual Environmental Health Award winners for the 2013 licensing year (July 1, 2013- June 30, 2014). The award program recognizes the special effort and work of establishments that serve food to the public.

Of the 126 establishments eligible for the awards, four met the strict criteria for achievement. These establishments should be congratulated for their efforts: Continue Reading > >

Enterovirus D68

Since mid-August, the CDC has received reports of clusters of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) Mother with Ill Daughterinfections that have occurred in multiple states. We are now seeing it in Wisconsin.

Symptoms or signs of EV-D68 illnesses include:

  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Body and Muscle Aches

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