Public Health Officer

Jody Langfeldt

LEAD POISONING PREVENTION,
SCREENING AND FOLLOW UP

 

Address:

Henry Dodge Office Building
199 County Road DF
Ground Floor
Juneau, WI 53039
         

Phone:

920-386-3670          

Fax:

920-386-4011         

Office Hours:

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
       

Email Contact:

         

Dodge Co. Public Health offers lead screening services for alll children one year of age up to and including 6 years of age to assess the level of lead in their bodies. Children under six years of age can easily be poinsoned by dust or paint chips containing lead.  After initial screening, Public Health will take necessary  action to help families eliminate lead exposure.

Lead Poisoning Facts

Lead is a heavy metal that occurs naturally but can cause neurological and physical disabilities when present in high levels in the body. Lead poisoning is especially dangerous to children under 6 years of age. While there are signs and symptoms of lead poisoning, children may look completely healthy and yet have elevated lead levels. Testing your child’s lead level is ithe only way to find out if it is elevated.  This is mportant because there are treatments available for children whose lead levels are high.

Signs/Symptoms of lead poisoning may include: 
    
    ♦ Irritability 

    ♦ Loss of appetite 

    ♦ Sluggishness and fatigue 

    ♦ Abdominal pain 

    ♦ Vomiting 

    ♦ Constipation 

    ♦ Learning difficulties

Sources of Lead

Lead was a common additive to paint and varnish until 1978, when it was banned. If you live in a home built before 1950, there is a greater chance the paint contains lead.  Lead is also found in some water pipes and imported canned goods.


RESOURCES:

   ♦ Lead-Safe Wisconsin 

 

 

Last updated: 11/26/2013 1:55:05 PM