Lead-Safe Wisconsin

New Report Shows Decreases in Young Children Who Received Blood Lead Level Testing During COVID-19A toddler playing with blocks on an area rug at home

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report shows that many of Wisconsin children missed recommended blood lead testing during COVID-19. The number of Wisconsin children tested for elevated blood lead levels went down by 75% in April 2020, compared to April 2019.

There's no safe level of lead exposure in children. Learn more about why it's important to test your child.

New!! Interactive Toolkit for Lead Poisoning Prevention

The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs released an interactive toolkit with resources to prevent and mitigate maternal and childhood lead poisoning. The toolkit compiles educational, advocacy, and planning resources for public health agencies working to prevent lead poisoning.

The project was supported by the US Department of Health and Human Services through its Maternal and Child Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (COIIN).

Lead Poisoning is Preventable

Lead damages the brain and other body systems. Lead can hurt anyone, but kids under age 6 are most vulnerable, and the damage can last a lifetime.

Fortunately, lead poisoning is 100% preventable. It's usually caused by swallowing or breathing in dust from lead-based paint in older homes. We can protect kids by making sure the homes they live and play in are free from lead dust. Learn more below.

 

Last Revised: May 12, 2021