Childhood Lead Poisoning & Healthcare Providers

Childhood lead poisoning is 100% preventable. Yet, it is one of the most common pediatric health problems in the United States today. We know enough about its sources and the different pathways of lead exposure to prevent lead poisoning or to eliminate this disease altogether.

Lead poisoning is silent. Most poisoned children have no symptoms; thus, many case of lead poisoning go undiagnosed and untreated. Sadly, effects from lead poisoning are irreversible.

Lead poisoning is widespread throughout Iowa and Illinois. It is not solely a problem of inner city or minority children. Unfortunately, no socioeconomic group, geographic area, or racial or ethnic population is spared.

The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) coordinates statewide efforts to identify and manage lead poisoning in those ages birth through six. This includes tracking cases of blood lead levels for children and providing outreach and education for families of children under the age of six years old with elevated blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL). Children under the age of six with an elevated blood lead level greater than 10mcg/dL receive nurse case management services.

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