Important Facts for Blood Lead Levels among Children
DefinitionConcentration of blood lead among children aged 1 to 5 years in the 97.5 percentile (mcg/dL)
NumeratorConcentration of blood lead among children aged 1 to 5 years in the 97.5 percentile (mcg/dL)
Why Is This Important?Lead can disrupt the normal growth and development of a child's brain and central nervous system. Children are exposed to lead by swallowing lead dust, soil, or paint chips, breathing lead contaminated air, or eating food or drinking water that has been contaminated by lead.
Healthy People Objective: Reduce blood lead level in children aged 15 yearsU.S. Target: 5.2 mcg/dL
State Target: 4.5 mcg/dL