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.
Los folletos en español llame a (805) 781-5500
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch
San Luis Obispo County Environmental Health Department
Child Health and Disability Prevention Program (CHDP)
Questions and Answers About Lead in Tableware (Prop 65)
US Environmental Protection Agency Lead Awareness Program
Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Environmental Health Initiative (EHI)
US EPA Lead Information
US EPA Lead Info (Spanish)
Public Health Department
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