Lead is a toxic metal that is harmful if breathed in or swallowed. Children ages six and under are at the greatest risk to lead exposure, most often by ingesting lead or lead dust. Lead poisoning is 100% preventable!
The Childhood Lead Program provides follow-up and referrals for children ages 16 or younger with higher than normal levels of lead in their blood (5 micrograms per deciliter). The program is notified of all children in Lake County with elevated blood lead levels. Staff members follow state and program guidelines to conduct lead investigations.
Get your child tested—it’s easy! Call your child’s healthcare provider today. Children are given a blood lead level test. A level of 5 micrograms per deciliter is considered a level of concern.
Most houses built before 1978 used lead-based paint. Today, it can be found in old or imported items around your house.
|Toys and jewelry|
|Spices, candies, and make-up|
Take action if you suspect there is lead in your house:
Use a lead check kit
If there is lead, call a professional to remove it
Wash your children's hands often
Clean floors, windows, and surfaces with detergent and disposable rags
Wash toys and stuffed animals
Funding for this project was made possible by funds received from the Illinois Department of Public Health.