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Protecting Children from Lead Exposure

Wisconsin children deserve to be protected from toxins that affect their health, growth, development, and potential. Early detection through blood lead screening programs that are accessible to children at highest risk is important. Early intervention and comprehensive follow-up when lead poisoning is detected also protects the child from prolonged exposure. Click on these links to learn how to protect children from lead exposure.

 

Blood Lead Testing of Children

Who, when, and where to test children for lead poisoning.

Nutrition

Regular well-balanced meals are important for adequate growth and development, and can help to decrease lead absorption.

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

Effects of maternal lead exposure, past and present, on the fetus and information about lead in breast milk.

Public Health Intervention for Lead Poisoning

Assuring follow-up care and access to blood lead tests.

Sources of Lead Exposure

Sources of lead poisoning for children and adults; effective hazard control methods; consumer product alerts.

Treatment of Lead Poisoning

The primary and most effective treatment for lead poisoning is removing the source of lead exposure.  Learn more about environmental and medical management of treating a child with lead poisoning.

A Parent's Guide to Choosing Safe and Healthy Child Care (Exit DHS - US Department of Health and Human Services)

These guidelines include inquiring about the building's inspection for toxic substances, e.g. lead.