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Childhood Lead Program

(574) 523-2127

Lead is a metal that can harm children and adults when it gets into their bodies. Lead can be found in dust, air, water, soil, and in some products used in and around our homes.

Children under six years old are more likely to get lead poisoning than any other age group.

Lead can harm a young child's growth, behavior, and ability to learn.

Most often, children get lead poisoning from breathing in or swallowing dust from old lead paint that gets on floors and windowsills, hands and toys. Lead can also be passed from mother to baby during pregnancy.

The CDC estimates that there are half a million U.S. children ages 1-5 with elevated blood lead levels and at least 4 million households with children living in them that are being exposed to high levels of lead.

Lead poisoning is preventable.

The Elkhart County Health Department:

  • Provides free lead screening tests.
  • Provides case management of elevated blood lead levels.

Lead Screening

Lead screening tests are done with a finger stick to obtain a small blood sample.

Parents are encouraged to have their children screened for lead if any of the following conditions apply:

  • Your child lives in or visits a house or childcare center built before 1978.
  • Anyone in your household works in an industry or has a hobby that uses lead (battery factory, steel smelter, stained glass).
  • Your child has a sibling or playmate that has or did have lead poisoning.

Lead testing can be scheduled for children ages 6 months through 6 years.

Lead Case Management

A Registered Nurse will provide case management for children with elevated blood lead levels:

  • Coordination of blood lead tests.
  • Education regarding lead poisoning and methods to treat.
  • Appropriate referrals

Frequently Asked Questions

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Office Location:

Lincoln Center
608 Oakland Avenue
Elkhart, IN 46516-2116
Phone: (574) 523-2127
Fax: (574) 522-2192
Toll Free: 1-877-523-2283

Office Hours:

Monday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday through Friday: 8:00am*-4:00pm

*Due to staff in-service, our office will open at 9:00am on the second Thursday of February, May, August, and November and on the first Thursday in December.