Even small amounts of lead can cause serious health problems, especially in children younger than 6, who are growing rapidly and tend to put objects and their hands in their mouths.
Lead can affect mental and physical development. Even low levels of lead have been shown to affect intellectual achievement.
The Lincoln Trail District Health Department provides lead poisoning testing for high-risk children and provides case management for children with high lead levels.
When a patient has lead poisoning, the health department’s environmental staff will conduct assessments to determine the source of lead.
The following zip codes have higher incidence of lead poisoning because of higher levels of lead in the ground.
40177 (West Point)
40328 (Gravel Switch)
While treatment is available for lead poisoning, the goal is to prevent exposure. Take the following precautions to protect your family.
• Find out if there is lead in your home. Lead-based paints were banned from housing use in 1978, but homes build prior to 1978 often have remnants of this paint. As this paint deteriorates, people are exposed to lead.
• Make sure children can not get to peeling paint, paint chips or any surfaces painted with lead-based paint that they might be tempted to chew.
• If you are remodeling an older home, take special precautions. Children and pregnant women should not be in the home until renovations, including clean-up is complete.
• Wash children’s hands and toys regularly and keep floors and window components clean. Household dust and exterior soil are both known sources of lead.
LEARN MORE: Get more information and tips for preventing lead exposure.