Effective March 28, 2016, Maryland
has changed its rules and clinical guidance for providers related to lead
and lead testing for children. The
essential elements of the change are as follows:
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
(DHMH) and The Green & Healthy Initiative (GHHI) have released two new
videos on best practices for lead poisoning prevention and treatment. The
videos are both targeted to specific audiences: one video provides information
and resources to parents of young children, while the other focuses on
providers and health professionals in Maryland.
The videos feature parents, providers, and community
partners from around the state, and are designed to raise awareness of the
updated lead screening and testing guidelines in Maryland. Health and Mental
Hygiene strengthened these guidelines in March 2016 to gather additional data
on the changing profile of lead poisoning in the state.
Lead poisoning affects many children younger than 6 years old in Maryland. Lead is often a home health hazard that can harm a child’s brain, causing lifelong learning and behavior problems. The symptoms of lead poisoning are not always easy to detect, but its effects are long-lasting.
Messages for Healthcare Providers and Families
*Lead is found in all areas of
Maryland, from many different sources.*
*A blood lead test is the only
sure way to know whether your child has been exposed to lead.*
*All Maryland children born on or
after January 1, 2015 should have a blood lead test at 12 and 24 months of age.*
For more information on how to protect your family from these possible sources, visit http://www2.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family#sl-home.
To see if products in your home contain lead, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission http://www.cpsc.gov/
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