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Health department offers free lead screening clinics
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DARLINGTON - The Lafayette County Health Department is offering free summer lead clinics for children 1 to 6 years old in July and August.

Screenings will be from 9 to 11 a.m. to 2 to 4 p.m. July 29; from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 24; and from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25. Children should be brought to the health department for the clinics.

Lead poisoning can cause severe health, learning, and behavioral problems in children. Lead poisoning occurs when the body is exposed to a large amount of lead or continuous small amounts of lead. It is recommended that all children have a routine lead screening at both 1 and again at 2 years of age.

Lead poisoning, one of the most common and serious childhood health problems, is a disease usually caused by eating or inhaling lead paint. Children 6 months up to 6 years of age are most at risk. Homes built before 1978 may contain lead. Flaking, peeling, or chipping paint within the reach of a child can be a hazard. Renovating lead paint or varnished surfaces can also create a lead hazard.

For more information, contact Farah Adams, RN BSN- Lead Program Coordinator at (608) 776-4895.