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Preventing Childhood Lead Poisoning


A Note About Public Housing

If the lead levels in the paint in your home are 5,000 ppm or more and you live in Housing and Urban Development (HUD) owned housing, HUD must make your home safe from lead paint.

Testing Your Children

Children aged 9 months through 5 years are at the greatest risk for lead poisoning. Most children with lead poisoning do not look or act sick. Ask your doctor to perform a blood lead test on your children. This is the only way to know if they are being lead poisoned. Your doctor should explain the results of the test to you. Most children will have a test result below 10 pg/dl. If you or your doctor need more information about lead poisoning call, the local health department.

If you have Medi-Cal, your regular doctor or clinic can order the blood tests to check for lead poisoning, if appropriate. Many private health insurance policies will also cover the cost of this test. Whether or not your family has insurance, your children may qualify for free health examinations through your local Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) program. To find out if your child is eligible for CHDP testing, call your county health department.

For more information about lead in paint, call your county health department.

Questions:   Fred Yeager| fyeager@cde.ca.gov | 916-327-7148
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