Washtenaw County Health Department urges lead testing for certain populations
A reminder comes from the Washtenaw County Health Department about the importance of lead testing for children under six and pregnant women who live in certain types of housing.
The Washtenaw County Health Department says the people most likely to suffer from lead poisoning are children under the age of six who live in homes built before 1978, when lead-based paint was common.
Pregnant women in these homes are also at risk.
Jane Nickert, director of nursing at the health department, explains that lead ingestion typically occurs when a child touches lead paint dust or lead-filled floors and then puts their hand in their mouth. Unfortunately, she said there are really no signs at the time of the poisoning. Symptoms appear years later.
“I wish he had come with big red bumps, but he doesn’t. So a child who is poisoned at two years old can see in kindergarten or first grade that he is having difficulty ‘learning.”
The Washtenaw County Health Department offers free lead testing for children up to age six with Medicaid or who are uninsured.
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