Childhood Lead Poisoning & Prevention

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What types of services are offered through the Scott County Health Department Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control Program?

The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control Program:

  • Provides medical and environmental case management for children ages six and under who have been identified with lead poisoning
  • Conducts follow-up inspections of the children's homes
  • Provide oversight to ensure regulatory compliance with state and federal regulations regarding the presence of lead inside of a home

How can I have my child tested for lead?

We offer same-day access on Wednesdays. Please call 563-326-8618.

Other times are available by making an appointment.

Is there a fee for the service/program?

The lead poisoning program screening is free for children ages six and under.

For information on the Iowa Administrative Code and Scott County Code:

  • Iowa Administrative Code 642, Chapters 69 & 70, Lead Hazard Notification Process & Lead Based Paint Activities

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/iac/chapter/04-13-2016.641.69.pdf

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/iac/chapter/04-13-2016.641.70.pdf

  • Scott County Code, Chapter 27, Lead:

https://www2.scottcountyiowa.gov/board/pub/code/chapters/Chapter_27_-_Lead_Program.pdf

Effects of Child Lead Poisoning

Any exposure to lead is unsafe, and children are at higher risk of its effects.  Exposure to lead can seriously harm a child's health, including damage to the brain and nervous system, slowed growth and development, learning and behavior problems, and hearing and speech problems.

More information and support resources can be found in the links below:

 

Homes built prior to 1978 more likely have lead based paint in the home. The Scott County Health Department can test for lead at homes where a child under 6 years of age has high blood levels of lead in their system. To learn about lead poisoning prevention, visit:
https://www.scottcountyiowa.gov/health/childhood-lead-poisoning-prevention/lead-information

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