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Schoharie County Department of Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

The Schoharie County Department of Health is committed to raise our community awareness about the dangers of lead poisoning and to minimize the risk of lead poisoning.

New York State Law requires all one and two year old children to be screened for blood lead levels.

As requested by the NYSDOH, the SCDOH maintains a Childhood Lead Tracking registry. We receive the results of lead testing on all Schoharie County children. Free lead poisoning prevention education for families and homeowners is sent to families along with the results of their child's lead test. Our Lead Prevention Coordinator provides nursing case management for children who have elevated lead blood levels.

Lead Poisoning is a danger for every baby and child.
Protect Your Kids - Eat Healthy

If you are pregnant, protect yourself and your baby from lead poisoning.

Lead Poisoning Can Cause:
  • Lower IQ
  • Hearing Loss
  • Anemia
  • Growth Problems
  • Behavior Problems
  • Kidney & Brain Damage

  • Lead Prevention Tips
  • Clean up paint chips immediately.
  • Give your children healthy snacks.
  • Wash your child's hands often, especially before eating.
  • Use COLD water for cooking and mixing formula.
  • Let the water run 3-4 minutes before using.
  • Wash toys often, especially teething toys.
  • Remove shoes or wipe them before coming into the house.
  • Damp-mop floors and wet wipe surfaces twice a week.
  • Wet wipe dust in window-wells.
  • Feed your family foods high in iron and calcium.
  • Be careful with hobbies that might use lead. (e.g. making bullets or fishing lures and using some artist paints)
  • If your job exposes you to lead, be sure to change out of work clothes before you have contact with your family and wash work clothes separately. People who work in construction, plumbing, painting or auto repair can be exposed to lead.
  • Keep children away from remodeling work.
  • Use only wet techniques when removing paint-never dry sand or scrape. Call professionals for bigger jobs.
  • Doctor and child.

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    For more information, contact:
    your child's health-care provider
    NYS Department of Health at

    Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

    Prevent Lead Poisoning
    Get Your Child Tested at
    Age One and Two
    Give our Kids a Healthy Start