Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
This is a home visiting based program available to families with children who have an elevated blood lead level. The program provides education on lead prevention, case management, referrals and follow-up to help reduce current blood lead levels and prevent further exposure.
Michigan Medicaid Rule:
In accordance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines, Michigan Medicaid policy requires that all Medicaid enrolled children be blood lead tested at 12 and 24 months of age, or between 36 and 72 months of age if not previously tested.
All children should be tested for lead regardless of what insurance they may or may not have. Testing at DHD2 is done via finger stick, results are given in about 3 minutes. We will only bill Medicaid insurance plans at this time, but can test any age appropriate child for a $25 fee. Call to make an appointment at 1-800-504-2650.
Where is lead found?
Lead can be found in paint on older homes (before 1978), the older the home the more likely it is to have lead based paint. Lead is also a naturally occurring substance in our soil, is used in many car parts, and has been found in many imported toys, spices and cosmetics. Certain hobbies also pose a risk such as ammunition reloading, fishing sinkers, pottery, and many others.
Why are children at risk?
Children under the age of six are most at risk due to their natural behaviors sticking toys and hands in mouth, naturally curious of surroundings, brain and nervous system still developing, their bodies are more likely to absorb lead vs an adult.
Lead poisoning often has no symptoms. Some symptoms include stomach pain, loss of energy, nausea, loss of appetite, constipation, irritability, difficulty sleeping, hyperactivity, and weight loss. Residual effects of lead can lead to neurological issues, problems learning, seizures, lower IQ, slowed growth, hearing issues and trouble paying attention.
How to reduce the risk of exposure:
Wash hands often especially before meals and after using the bathroom, wash toys often, wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before serving, leave your shoes at the door, use wet cleaning techniques such as a mop or damp cloth to keep dust particles down, do not use hot water from the tap to cook, drink or make formula with, run cold water for 15-30 seconds before cooking or drinking, if you work around lead avoid bringing work items such as clothing and shoes into the house and most importantly a well-balanced diet will help reduce the amount of lead our bodies absorb.