We inspect the homes of children found to have high levels of lead in their blood. We examine and test dust, paint chips, water, soil and other possible sources of lead poisoning.
Lead exposure is especially harmful to children younger than age six. Even small amounts of lead can harm a child's brain, kidneys and stomach. Lead poisoning can slow a child's development and cause learning and behavior problems.
Your child may have lead poisoning and not feel sick. A child with lead poisoning might have stomachaches, headaches or a poor appetite. The child could have trouble sleeping, or be cranky, tired or restless.
All children six months to six years old should be screened for lead poisoning. As of January 1, 1993, all children in Illinois who enter day care, nursery school, preschool or kindergarten must have proof of lead screening.
Screening is done with blood taken from the finger. If too much lead is in the blood, your child may need treatment. Call your child's doctor to get a blood lead test for your child, or call the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, Division of Maternal & Child Health Management, to schedule a test: (217) 531-4295 more information.
Women planning to have a baby should be screened for lead. Lead in a mother's body can cause a baby to be born too small and too early.Lead-Based Paint from IDPH