The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program services all areas of Orange County. This lead program is responsible for tracking all lead testing activity for children in Orange County between the ages of 6 months and 18 years. Outreach is done via home visits, agency visits, presentations and health fairs to identify children who need testing and to provide information about health services for children. An environmental evaluation is done using a lead paint analyzer for children with a venous lead level of >15 ug/dl and over by the Environmental Health Division of the Health Department. An educational visit is made with the family to teach them about lead hazards, prevention methods, health services and to ensure medical follow up for the child. In addition to the work with children and their families, education is provided to community groups, schools, health practitioners, OB/GYN, landlords and homeowners associations on methods to reduce or eliminate lead hazards and to prevent lead poisoning. Lead poisoning case management for children is the hallmark of this program.
Yes! Every child should be tested at 1 and 2 years of age. Remind your doctor to test your child!