In 2014, 1.3% of Lincoln County children, ages 5 and under, had a blood lead test that was at an elevated level. This compares to 4.5% statewide. “Although our county has a lower percent of children with an elevated blood lead level, we can always do better. This is especially true when we know the serious effects lead poisoning can have for a child now and even lasting into adulthood. Lead poisoning is 100% preventable,” says Sue Kuber, Lincoln County Public Health Nurse. These children may develop behavior and learning problems such as hyperactivity, developmental delays, hearing problems, and aggressive patterns of behavior.
Major sources of lead exposure include lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in deteriorating buildings and homes built before 1978. Despite the continued presence of lead in the environment, lead poisoning is entirely preventable. Stopping a child’s exposure to lead from paint, house dust, or any other source is the best way to prevent the harmful effects of lead.
Lincoln County Health Department is participating in National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 25-31, and joins the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in encouraging parents to learn more about how to prevent lead poisoning.
This year’s theme, “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future,” underscores the importance of testing your home for lead, testing your children for lead, and learning how to prevent lead poisoning’s serious health effects.
For more information on how to prevent lead poisoning, contact Sue Kuber, RN, BSN at Lincoln County Health Department at 715-539-1369.