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Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, one million children are affected by lead poisoning (5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood or higher). When you know what to look for and take action, lead poisoning is 100% preventable.


Lead investigations involve a comprehensive team approach with the lead-burdened child. The team includes:

  • Nurses
  • Sanitarians
  • Nutritionists
  • Health Educators

Evaluation of the child's environment by a nurse or sanitarian may identify the source of lead. Education is provided to families and health care providers to reduce the lead level in the child's blood and maintain it at a safe level. 

Assistance may be available for home repairs to remove lead paint hazards. A HEPA vacuum is available to borrow. Call Environmental Health Services at 248-858-1312.

For more information call:

  • Lead Program  248-424-7066
  • Nurse on Call   800-848-5533 (Public Health Information Hotline)

 


Additional Resources


For Parents/Guardians:

leadfreekids.org/ (EPA)External Link
Lead Poisoning in Children
Food Tips to Help Protect Your Child From Lead Poisoning
CDC- Lead InformationExternal Link

Handwashing (Spanish)


For Your Home:

Find Certified Lead Professionals and ContractorsExternal Link
MDCH Healthy Homes
Healthy Homes Checklist

Reducing Lead Paint in the Home
A Guide to Cleaning Up Lead Paint Chips and Dust
Community Planning & Home Assistance


For Healthcare Professionals:

CDC Managing Elevated Blood Lead Levels Among Young ChildrenExternal Link
Lowest Observed Effects of Inorganic Lead in Children
MDCH Statewide Lead Testing/Lead Screening PlanExternal Link
MDCH Guidelines and Resources for CliniciansExternal Link
CDC Tools and TrainingExternal Link