October 31 2008
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 310,000 children in the U.S. have elevated blood levels. Left unchecked, those levels can have harmful and lasting effects on a child's development. Yet simple blood tests can help prevent that potential from ever becoming reality.
Lead, a highly toxic material, was commonly used in household products prior to 1978. It remains a concern as some toys manufactured outside the U.S. have been found to bear traces of lead paint. Other common areas of exposure include lead pipes, peeling paint from old furniture or homes, and bare soil.
At the screening event, information about the risks of lead poisoning will be available for parents, along with information about what a child's lead level means. Nursing students will be on hand to talk with parents.
"We will be able to help educate consumers and parents about the risk factors of lead poisoning," said Terri Lynn Moore, a nursing major from Center Point. "As nursing students, it provides us with an opportunity to better understand and recognize the signs and symptoms of lead poisoning once we are in our areas of practice."
Hot dogs, chips and drinks for children will be provided by Locust Street IGA, which is co-sponsoring the event.
The Sycamore Nursing Center at Indiana State University is offering free lead screenings for area children six months to six years old. The screenings will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at the Locust Street IGA, 1140 Locust St. in Terre Haute.