EPA Lead info for Children
March 18-24 is Poisoning Prevention Week!
Bee Lead Free!
Have your child tested at 12 months and 24 months of age, and anytime up to 6 years of age if they have never been screened before.
What is Lead Poisoning, and how do I get it?
Lead Poisoning is a preventable condition caused by eating something contaminated by lead, or breathing in lead dust. Lead poisoning often occurs with no obvious symptoms, and frequently goes unrecognized. Lead poisoning can damage the brain, kidneys and nervous system of young children. Low levels of lead poisoning can cause learning and behavioral problems. Very high levels of lead poisoning can cause retardation, convulsions, coma and even death.
How do I know if my child has lead poisoning?
The ONLY way to know if your child has lead poisoning is to have a blood test. Most children with lead poisoning do not look or act sick.
You can get your child tested for lead at local Public Health sites by appointment. Ask your doctor for an order and then call for an appointment.
In San Luis Obispo, call 781-5500. For Paso Robles, call 237-3050. For Grover Beach, call 473-7050.
The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch
(CLPPB) defines a case of childhood lead poisoning (for purposes of initiating case management) as a child from birth up to 21 years of age with:
- One venous blood lead level (BLL) equal to or greater than 20 µg/dL, or
- Two BLLs equal to or greater than 15 µg/dL. Must be at least 30 and no more than 600 calendar days apart. The first specimen is not required to be venous, but the second must be venous.
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Los folletos en español llame a (805) 781-5500
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Hazardous Toy Disposal
Take recalled toys/items back to the store where it was purchased or return it to the manufacturer. If it is not possible to return the recalled toys/items, they are to be taken to a permanent Household Hazardous Waste site for disposal. Please check this site for additional information: www.iwma.com.
Public Health Department
Family Health Services Division
2191 Johnson Ave
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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