Lead poisoning is the number one preventable environmental health threat to children. Based on Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment data from 2009 to 2016, about 1 in 30 children who receive blood lead testing have elevated blood lead levels. These children have a higher risk for developing intellectual, behavioral and academic deficits caused by lead poisoning.
The primary source of lead exposure in Colorado is inside the home. Common sources of lead in the home are lead-based paint, dust, soil and water.
The only way to know if your child has been exposed to lead is to get their blood tested. Colorado guidelines recommend that children on Medicaid or CHP+ get tested at 12 and 24 months. Other high risk children include those who:
• Live in or regularly visit a house built before 1950 – including a childcare center.
• Live in or regularly visit a house built before 1978 that is under remodel or in poor condition.
• Have a sibling or playmate with elevated blood lead.
• Live with an adult whose job or hobby involves lead (mining, smelting, automobile repair, construction, plumbing, hunting with lead bullets or fishing).
• Live near a smelter, battery recycling plan or other lead-releasing industry.
• Have been to Mexico, Central America or South America in the last year.
• Have been given home remedies such as Azarcon, Alacron, Greta, Rueda, Pay-loo-Ah.
• Eat or drink from imported pottery or ceramic cookware.
• Eat foods containing spices imported from other countries, or imported candies.
Please talk with your doctor about having your child’s blood testing or contact Emily Anderson, RN at 719-530-2566 to schedule an appointment with Public Health.