Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
1845 N. Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103 Map »
626-744-6171 (Tel) | 626-744-6115 (Fax)
Lead can be found in jewelry, toys, and even food. Click here to view recent product recalls due to high lead levels.
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
The Pasadena Public Health Department’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program seeks to protect children from lead exposure in four important ways: by screening for lead, managing treatment, educating parents and organizing and investigating possible lead exposure in the Pasadena community.
Lead poisoning is preventable. Find out how you can protect your family, at home and at work.Learn more
Become a part of our community to reduce lead exposure, or request a presentation.Learn more
Healthcare providers can find out more information on protocols for testing child blood lead levels.Learn more
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Background
A very small amount of lead can lead to poisoning–just enough lead to equal one granule of sugar each day over a period of time will raise a child’s blood lead level enough to require treatment. A child with lead poisoning may not seem sick, but some children may have stomach problems, trouble sleeping, less energy than normal or may have problems concentrating.
Lead can be found in many places inside and outside your home, such as
- Lead-based paint (pre-1978)
- Lead-contaminated soil, especially near busy roadways or factories
- Lead-contaminated dust from paint or soil
- Take-home exposure in dust from work or certain hobbies
- Some imported food in cans
- Imported home remedies (azarcon, greta, or pay-loo-ah)
- Some toys
- Imported traditional makeup (kohl, surma, or sindoor)
- Metal jewelry
- Imported or handmade pottery and tableware (dishes and pots)
- Imported candies and ethnic foods and brightly-colored spices from outside the USA
The Pasadena Public Health Department’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program seeks to protect children from lead exposure.
The Child Lead Poisoning Prevention Program educates organizations, parent groups and caregivers about how to prevent lead poisoning at home, at school or daycare and anywhere else children frequent. To request a presentation or education session, please call (626) 744-6171.
We also hold quarterly meetings with our community partners to share new information and network. If you would like more information about our next collaborative meeting please call (626)744-6171.
A public health nurse may be assigned to the child and his or her family when elevated blood lead levels are detected to help manage the child’s treatment and care. Clients with elevated blood lead levels will be referred to their medical provider for medical management. If the child does not have a regular medical provider, the nurse will refer the family to a medical provider.
BROCHURES AND FLYERS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that lead screening should begin at 9 to 12 months of age and be considered again at approximately 24 months of age when blood lead levels peak
For more information about lead screening recommendations, please visit the California Department of Public Health’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch.
Recent product recalls due to Violation of Lead Standard
Mars Retail Group Recalls M&M’S-Branded Jewelry Due to Violation of Lead Standard
GSI Outdoors Recalls Children’s Water Bottles Due to Violation of Lead Standard; Sold Exclusively at L.L.Bean
Things Remembered Recalls Children’s Jewelry Due to Violation of Lead Standard
Far East Brokers Recalls Children’s Chairs and Swings Due to Violation of Federal Lead Paint Standard
LaRose Industries Recalls Cra-Z-Jewelz Ultimate Gem Jewelry Machine Due to Violation of Lead Standard VIEW MORE