CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING PREVENTION
There is no safe level of lead. The most important step is to prevent lead exposure before it occurs.
- Exposure to lead can seriously harm a young child’s health and development, but it can be prevented.
- Lead can increase the likelihood of decreased attention, under performance in school, and lower IQ.
- Young children are at risk for lead poisoning because they grow rapidly and tend to put their hands or other objects, which may be contaminated with lead dust, into their mouths.
- Sources of lead in Hawaii include lead-based paint in houses built before 1978, soil contaminated with lead, and lead brought into homes by family members with hobbies or work involving lead.
- For the period 2013 to 2017, one of every 100 tested children in Hawaii had elevated blood lead levels.
The maps show the variation by geographic communities for:
- Percent children tested with elevated blood lead levels >= 5 mcg/dL (by county)
- Percent population below 100% Federal Poverty Level
- Percent housing structures built before 1960
Prevent Children’s Exposure to Lead – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Lead Exposure: Steps to Protect Your Family – American Academy of Pediatrics
Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home – Environmental Protection Agency
How is Your Child Developing? – DOH Hi‘ilei Hawaii
DOH Safe Drinking Water Branch – Lead in rainwater catchment
American Academy of Pediatrics – Lead Exposure and Lead Poisoning
RESOURCES FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
ABOUT THE HAWAII CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING PREVENTION PROGRAM (HI-CLPPP)
The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for childhood lead poisoning prevention. More information is provided in the Project Summary.
DOH News Release 10/4/17: Hawaii Department of Health awarded $361K in funding for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention efforts.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Hawaii Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Children with Special Health Needs Branch
Hawaii State Department of Health
741 Sunset Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816