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Management of Childhood Lead Exposure

A Resource for Health Professionals

Lead exposure continues to be a significant public health concern in the United States. While primary prevention is the optimal approach to addressing this important health issue, the identification of lead-exposed children occurs through screening and testing. The information below is intended for use by health care providers to provide guidance on the prevention, diagnosis, and management of childhood lead exposure. 

PEHSU Factsheet: Recommendations on Management of Childhood Lead Exposure

 Summary of Key Points posted on Sep 21, 2021
 Prevention and Risk Reduction Communication posted on Sep 21, 2021
 Lead Exposure and Risk Factors posted on Sep 21, 2021
 Lead Screening & Testing posted on Sep 21, 2021
 Iron Deficiency Screening posted on Sep 21, 2021
 Medical Management posted on Sep 21, 2021

To download this page as a fact sheet, click here. 

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The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) are supported by cooperative agreement FAIN: NU61TS000296 with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also provides support through Inter-Agency Agreement DW-75-95877701 with CDC/ATSDR. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports the PEHSUs as the National Program Office. The content on this website has not been formally disseminated by CDC/ATSDR or the EPA and should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy. Use of trade names that may be mentioned is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the CDC/ATSDR or EPA.

The information contained on this website should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your/your child’s primary care provider. There may be variations in treatment that your provider may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.

Last updated February 2023