Louisiana Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
Every October, National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) raises awareness about lead poisoning and its effects on children. The Louisiana Department of Health -Office of Public Health’s Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (LHHCLPPP) is teaming up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to promote NLPPW in the state of Louisiana. During NLPPW, organizations in Louisiana and across the country are highlighting the following steps any family can take to keep themselves and their children safe from lead poisoning:
- test your homes for lead,
- test your children for lead poisoning, and
- get the facts and learn how to prevent lead poisoning.
More information about lead poisoning and NLPPW is
available from the EPA at (800) 424-LEAD (5323).
During NLPPW any organization that works to improve public health, the safety of families, homes and communities is encouraged to host educational events about these steps!
For resource packets for your NLPPW activity or more information
call (504) 568-8254 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prevent Lead Poisoning during Mardi Gras season
Mardi Gras is a time for family fun in Louisiana. One beloved mardi Gras activity is attending parades throughout the Carnival season. Some beads and throws may contain lead and there may be lead in the soil along the parade routes. Please click here for more information.
Health Care Provider and Parent Tool Kit
The Louisiana Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Tool Kit was created for health care professionals and parents as a reference guide for routine care of infants and children who may be at risk for lead exposure. This tool kit was developed by the Louisiana Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (LHHCLPPP) and contains additional resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Please click here to view the tool kit
Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future
- Keep the area where your children play as dust-free and clean as possible.
- Consider hiring a certified inspector to check for lead hazards in older homes. Click on Louisiana to find an inspector.
- Ask your doctor to test your young children for lead even if they seem healthy. Read more.
- Be a good neighbor. Spread the word about EPA’s new lead-safe renovation rule. Read more.
- Report chipped or cracked paint to your landlord if you live in an older home built before 1978.
- Make sure your children do not chew on painted surfaces, such as toys or window sills.
- Learn about and avoid toys that contain lead. Read more.
For additional information about preventing childhood lead poisoning, visit
- The National Lead Information Center at http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/nlic.htm or call 1-800-424-LEAD (5323).
- CDC's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead.
- EPA at http://www.epa.gov/lead/ .
- HUD at http://www.hud.gov/offices/lead .
Please see links below for informaiton on the CDC's Response to Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Recommendations in 'Low Level Lead Exposure Harms Children: A Renewed Call of Primary Prevention"
Childhood lead poisoning is the most common environmental health threat to children age six months to six years of age, but it is totally preventable. Approximately 4 percent of children in the U.S. between the ages of 6 months and 6 years haveelevated blood lead levels.
The purpose of Louisiana Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (LACLPPP) is to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Louisiana through a comprehensive approach to prevention of lead poisoning and the management of children found to have elevated blood levels.
- Monitoring of blood lead levels in children six years of age and under;
- Identification of children with elevated blood lead levels;
- Care coordination for these children with elevated blood lead levels;
- Environmental inspection for the children with elevated blood lead levels; and
- Community and professional education on childhood lead poisoning.
About Lead Poisoning
Children are particularly at risk to lead's toxic effects because their bodies are growing quickly and tend to absorb more lead than adults. Children's hand-to-mouth activities are plentiful, which introduces many non-food items into their gastrointestinal tract. Toxic effects of lead poisoning include:
- Leaning disabilities
- Decreased growth
- Impaired hearing
- Brain Damage
The primary sources of lead exposure for most children are:
- Deteriorating lead-based paint
- Lead contaminated dust
- Lead contaminated soil
The most common cause of childhood lead poisoning today is the deterioration or disruption of a lead paint surface of a home. Lead was used in household paint until 1978, but homes built before 1950 are more likely to contain paint with high amounts of lead. Twenty percent of homes in Louisiana and 40 percent of homes in New Orleans were built before 1950.
A child who looks and acts healthy can have lead poisoning. You cannot tell if a child has lead poisoning unless you have him or her tested. Blood tests are usually recommended for:
- Children at ages 1 and 2 years of age;
- Children between 3 and 6 years of age if not previously tested.
- Children or other family members who may have been exposed to high levels of lead.
Questions can be directed to the Louisiana Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, at (504)568-8254.
- Request data
- Contact a staff member
- Access Louisiana's Lead Poisoning Disease Guidelines , Lead Case Reporting Form and Environmental Investigation Request Form
- View publications
- Find a licensed lead inspector or lead risk assessor
- See common questions
- Review Louisiana's Healthy Homes Strategic Plan
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