Childhood Lead Program

Lead Screening, Testing & Follow Up

Lead testing for children is by appointment. Please call 618.283.1044 to schedule an appointment. The charge is $30.00 for a finger stick and venous blood test (medical card and private insurance accepted).

Many children are exposed to lead. Lead is a toxic chemical; no safe level of lead in the body has been determined. childhood lead poisoning is a preventable pediatric health problem. Children are particularly susceptible to lead's toxic effects. Because evidence shows adverse effects at low blood lead levels (BLL), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has changed the definition of lead poisoning. A BLL > 10 mcg/dl is considered lead poisoning.

The Health Department provides comprehensive intervention which includes:

  • Education and counseling
  • Referral for medical evaluation
  • Referral for environmental investigation and remediation
  • Assessment of the home and sources of lead exposure by public health nurse
  • Assessment of growth and development
  • Follow-up of lead results until 2 readings are below 10