Lead Testing | Health Services

Lead testing is recommended for children 1 to 6 years of age and adults who are exposed to high lead levels through their work such as; painters, auto repair workers, galvanizers, plumbers and other professons.

The most important step Day Care providers, and parents can take is to prevent lead exposure before it occurs.

Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect a child's IQ and the ability to pay attention. And effects of lead exposure cannot be corrected.

Lead can be found in a variety of sources. These included:

Be aware of lead in your home.

Young children have a tendency to put all objects in their mouths, which increases their risk of high lead levels. Lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body and symptoms are not always obvious.

To learn more about preventing lead exposure, visit CDC’s Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/

Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department is committed to the Healthy People 2020 goals of eliminating blood levels of > 5.2 ug/dl.