Lead poisoning occurs when too much lead is in the body. Even small amounts of lead from old paint chips or leaded dust can harm the body, especially in children younger than 6. A blood test is the only way to detect lead poisoning and is recommended in children ages 1 through 5. If you suspect lead exposure, contact your health care provider about obtaining a blood test for lead. If an individual is found to have an abnormal level of lead in their blood, an Environmental Health Specialist at the Department of Public Health will help coordinate investigative services with the State.
The Caldwell County Department of Public Health does not conduct environmental lead testing (paint chips, dust, soil, water, etc.) but can refer the public to local resources.