Lead poisoning is a serious concern for young children. The primary source of lead exposure for young children is lead-based paint, which was routinely used on houses buildt before 1980.
Our professional nurses provide blood lead level screening for children from birth to six years of age. It is recommended that all children in this age range be screened. Missouri requires children enrolled in MoHealthNet be tested before their second birthday. If you aren't sure whether your child has been tested, ask your health care provider.
When a child has elevated blood lead levels, one of our nurses will work with the family to help the child. The nurse will help the family identify where the lead exposure is coming from, so they can reduce or eliminate it. She will share information on lead poisoning and talk with the family about foods that can help reduce blood lead levels. The nurse will also help make sure the child has follow up tests on schedule.
To learn more about the lead poisoning prevention program, call (573) 458-6010 — caring for your family, caring for our community, caring for YOU!