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Treatment of Lead Poisoning

Preventing disease and promoting healthy life styles is an important role for primary health care providers.  Educating families with young children about lead hazards and the effects of lead poisoning can be part of routine pediatric well-child visits. Knowing when to test, how risk is determined, and how to treat lead poisoning are the next steps. These resources can be used as references for standards of care for lead poisoning.

Wisconsin Blood Lead Screening Recommendations (PDF, 73 KB) One-page summary of recommendations for assessing a child's risk for lead poisoning.


Additional Resources

- Parents: Look Out for Lead in English (PDF,  92 KB) and Spanish (PDF, 67 KB)

Screening for Elevated Blood Lead Levels (Exit DHS) The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) delivered a policy statement in 2005 that reiterates the 1995 AAP Medicaid blood lead testing mandate (Exit DHS, PDF, 131 KB) because most children with lead poisoning are Medicaid recipients and most have not been tested.

Managing Elevated Blood Lead Levels Among Young Children (Exit DHS) Recommendations from the Center for Disease Control Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. It provides basic standards and principles of medical case management.

Developmental Surveillance and Screening of Infants and Young Children (Exit DHS; PDF, 132 KB) Provides recommendations for screening infants and young children and intervening with families to identify developmental delays and disabilities in the primary care setting to assure access to early intervention services.

Medical Management Protocol for Lead Poisoning (PDF, 22 KB) Clinical management protocol developed by Dr. Margaret Layde, Medical College of Wisconsin. Includes medical, public health and environmental interventions for elevated blood lead levels.

Treatment Guidelines for Lead Exposure in Children (Exit DHS; PDF, 1 MB) This statement reviews the pharmacology of available chelating agents used for the treatment of severe lead poisoning.

Wisconsin Local Public Health Departments Local Public Health Departments perform follow-up to children with elevated blood lead levels.  The link provides contact information for local public health department personnel.

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