Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs:
Many homes and apartments built before 1978 have lead paint or varnish on the walls, woodwork, windows and floors. Lead can harm children. Children under six years old can easily be poisoned by dust or chips from lead paint. If they play near windows and other places with worn-out or damaged paint, they can get lead dust on their fingers and toys. When they swallow lead dust it can cause illness. It can also cause problems with learning, growth and behaviors that can affect them their entire life. Even small amounts of lead can be harmful. Children living or spending time in older homes should be tested for exposure to lead.
Any child age nine months or older is eligible for a screening test. A child should be screened for lead exposure at age 1 and age 2. A lead screening is a blood test by finger stick. Results are provided within minutes.
Scheduling an Appointment:
Public health nurses provide case management for children who have been lead poisoned. Any child residing in Waukesha County with a blood lead level of 5mcg/dL or above is eligible. If further information is desired, please contact the Public Health Division at 262-896-8430. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please contact a medical professional or call 911.