Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP)
There are approximately half a million children ages 1-5 years in the U.S. with elevated blood lead levels. Lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body, but because it often occurs with no obvious symptoms, lead poisoning frequently goes unrecognized.
What is Lead Poisoning?
A buildup of lead in the body is referred to as lead poisoning. There is no safe level of lead and even small amounts in a child’s body can cause learning and behavior problems. Higher amounts of lead can damage the nervous system, kidneys, and other major organs. Children under six years old and unborn babies are at greatest risk of harmful effects from lead poisoning. Most children who have lead poisoning do not look or act sick. The only way to know for sure is to have a blood test. Blood lead testing is a benefit of Medi-Cal, CHDP and most other health insurance.
What is CLPPP?
The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) provides services to the community in order to increase awareness of the hazards of lead exposure, reduce lead exposure and increase the number of children assessed and appropriately blood tested for lead poisoning. CLPPP works to promote a healthy, lead-safe environment where all children can achieve their full potential.
What Services Does CLPPP Provide?
Public Health Nurses:
- Conduct home visits to children with high blood lead levels.
- Identify possible sources of lead in the home and test items such as pottery.
- Provide health education, monitor lead levels, and encourage medical follow-up, as needed.
- Assist medical providers to manage lead poisoning in their patients.
Registered Environmental Health Specialists:
- Conduct environmental home inspections to children with high blood lead levels.
- Identify and manage testing for possible lead sources such as paint, soil, dust and food products
- Follow-up with home owners with recommendations for eliminating sources of lead in the home and the surrounding area.
- Follow-up with home owners to make sure environmental lead sources have been eliminated.
- Provide recommendations to families to reduce contact with lead.
Information for Parents and Caregivers
Young children are at the highest risk for lead poisoning because they may play and crawl inside and outside buildings built before 1978 and in soil and dust that may contain lead. Also, young children often have their hands or toys in their mouths. Certain household and foods items may also contain lead. If you are pregnant, your unborn baby could be harmed by lead. To get more information to help prevent lead poisoning, click on the links below by topic:
Information for Medical Providers
Lead Hazard Reduction Information