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Sign of Lead Poisoning
Screening Procedure for Lead Exposure


Food & Lodging:
Scott Carpenter
Environmental Health Supervisor
Phone: (828) 465-8258
Email Scott Carpenter

Septic Systems & Wells:
Megen McBride
Environmental Health Supervisor
Phone: (828) 465-8268
Email Megen McBride

Staff Contact Info

map 25 Government Drive
Newton, NC 28658

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
  • Stomach ache and cramping
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Sleep disorders
  • Poor appetite
At high blood levels of lead, you may notice clumsiness, weakness, and a loss of recently learned skills in a child's actions.

Lower levels of lead exposure can cause damage to the nervous system, including the brain, interfere with growth, harm hearing, lower IQ, and make learning difficult. It can affect a child's ability to concentrate and cause behavior disorders.

Very high lead levels can cause convulsions, coma, and death.


Lead screening is a blood test that can find out if there is a harmful level of lead in a child's blood. In general all children under the age of 6 should be screened for blood lead levels. Most children should be screened starting at 12 to 15 months, with follow-ups as recommended by the child's health care provider. Children who are at high risk should be screened starting at 6 months of age. High risk children include:
  • those who live, play or are cared for in older housing (especially if paint is in poor condition or if the home is undergoing renovation)
  • those who have brothers, sisters, or playmates with high lead levels
  • those who live with someone who is exposed to lead on the job or whose hobby include lead
  • those who live near a lead smelting operation, battery recycling plant or other industry which releases lead into the air.
If a child's blood test shows that lead may be a problem, a second blood test may be necessary. A blood lead test can be obtained at the child's family physician or pediatrician or at the public health department. A blood test is all it takes to find our if there is too much lead in a child's blood.

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