Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
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Childhood lead poisoning is the most common environmental health threat to children age six months to six years of age, but it is totally preventable. Approximately 4 percent of children in the U.S. between the ages of 6 months and 6 years haveelevated blood lead levels.
The purpose of Louisiana Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (LACLPPP) is to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Louisiana through a comprehensive approach to prevention of lead poisoning and the management of children found to have elevated blood levels.
About Lead Poisoning
Children are particularly at risk to lead's toxic effects because their bodies are growing quickly and tend to absorb more lead than adults. Children's hand-to-mouth activities are plentiful, which introduces many non-food items into their gastrointestinal tract. Toxic effects of lead poisoning include:
The primary sources of lead exposure for most children are:
The most common cause of childhood lead poisoning today is the deterioration or disruption of a lead paint surface of a home. Lead was used in household paint until 1978, but homes built before 1950 are more likely to contain paint with high amounts of lead. Twenty percent of homes in Louisiana and 40 percent of homes in New Orleans were built before 1950.
A child who looks and acts healthy can have lead poisoning. You cannot tell if a child has lead poisoning unless you have him or her tested. Blood tests are usually recommended for:
Questions can be directed to the Louisiana Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, at (504)568-8254.