Health Briefs

August 09, 2009

Lead certificate requirement

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health reminds parents that all children newly enrolled in county pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade are required to have a lead testing certificate. The certificate ensures that children living in high-risk areas are being tested for lead poisoning, which can cause young children to have difficulty learning, behavioral problems and developmental disabilities. High-risk ZIP codes in Anne Arundel are 20711, 20714, 20764, 20779, 21060, 21061, 21225, 21226, and 21402, because they have a greater proportion of older homes that may contain lead paint.

If a child lives or has ever lived in a high-risk ZIP code or is receiving medical assistance, the child's pediatrician must fill in the dates of past testing. Most children should have received the blood test for lead at 1 and 2 years of age. If a child moves into a high-risk ZIP code after his or her second birthday, proof is required that a lead test was done before the child turned 6.

If a child has never resided in a high risk ZIP code or is not on medical assistance, parents can complete the "exempt" portion of the certificate. For additional information, call the lead poisoning prevention program at 410-222-7003 or go to aahealth.org and search "lead and children."

Free newsletter/magazine

Presented by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Learn to Live program, the newsletter Building Blocks discusses ADHD in young children and provides tips and resources to help child care providers and parents.

Free copies of HIM (Health Ideas for Men) magazine are available at the Department of Health, J. Howard Beard Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis. The magazine features articles on exercises that encourage fitness, eating healthy while dining out, quit smoking and preventing skin cancer. HIM also can be requested by calling the Learn to Live Line, 410-222-7979, or go to LearnToLiveHealthy.org.

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