Lead Exposure and Screening
- Lead exposure can have serious health consequences, as it can affect their developing brains and nervous systems, leading to long-term cognitive and behavioral problems as well as bone issues.
- Exposure to lead sources includes lead-based paint in older homes, home renovations, contaminated soil, and certain imported products like toys and cosmetics.
- Routine lead screening is crucial to identify any exposure, which is recommended for all children at age 1 and 2 years or earlier if risk factors are identified.
- Screening starts with a capillary sample; if identified to be positive, a confirmatory venous sample is obtained
- Early detection allows for timely intervention to mitigate the potential health effects of lead.
- Public health initiatives and policies play a crucial role in raising awareness, implementing lead abatement programs, and ensuring a safe environment for children to grow and thrive.