Lead Screening

unsafe waterLead exposure continues to cause serious harm, particularly to young children and pregnant women. Lead poisoning can effect brain development, increase the risk of miscarriage, birth defects, and learning disabilities in children. Lead-based paint and lead contaminated dust in older buildings are the most common sources of lead poisoning in children. Other sources of lead poisoning are contaminated water, soil, air and some toys and cosmetics. Lead can enter the body through the mouth (eating or breathing) or through the skin (by way of a cut or scrape).

The Martin County Health Department provides free or low-cost lead screening for children six years old or under and prenatal patients. All children under the age of six should be screened for lead poisoning. Children should be tested again at age 9-12 months and at 24 months. Children who are at higher risk may need to be tested more frequently.