Lead Poisoning Prevention

November 14, 2023 FDA Apple Sauce Recall. The FDA has recalled WanaBana, Weis, and Schnucks Apple Cinnamon Fruit Purée Pouches & Cinnamon Apple Sauce due to elevated lead levels. Stores in Illinois are affected. The investigation is ongoing and updates to the FDA’s advisory will be provided as they become available. Children who may have consumed the recalled apple sauce should be tested for lead exposure, regardless of whether or not they are showing symptoms. For more information from the AAP, visit here and to download a flyer that can be posted in clinical spaces, visit here.

Illinois Healthcare Providers Must Act Now

Blood testing for lead poisoning in Illinois disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is our responsibility to spread awareness and educate families on the dangers of lead poisoning, how to screen and safeguard children from exposure, to encourage regular testing, and to provide solutions when a child is diagnosed.

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All children in Chicago should be tested for lead at:

1-3 Year Circles

Eliminating Childhood Lead
Poisoning in Illinois

The toxic effects of lead poisoning can have vast and long-lasting negative effects on children as they grow.

Lead poisoning can lead to:

  • Reduced growth
  • Digestive problems
  • Reproductive problems in adulthood
  • Kidney damage
  • Anemia
  • High blood pressure
  • Decreased mental ability & learning difficulties
  • Speech, language, & behavioral problems
  • Hearing problems
  • Brain & nerve damage
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Your Partner in Preventing, Detecting, and
Addressing Exposure to Lead Hazards

Lead Poisoning Prevention and Education
Resources for Parents and Families

Lead Poisoning Prevention and Education
Resources for Healthcare Providers

Explore these helpful resources to learn how to identify the potential risks and hazards associated with lead exposure, and to get guidance on testing, treatment, and prevention of lead poisoning in children.

  • Testing for Lead in Children
  • Reducing the Risk of Lead Exposure
  • Sources of Lead
  • Reducing Lead Exposure in Your Home
  • Chicago Inspections
  • Lead and Pregnancy
  • Latest Data and Reports

Reference our library of vetted information on lead poisoning and how you can better manage risk, diagnosis, and treatment within your practice. Explore topics like who should get tested for lead, the benefits of finger stick versus venous testing, what the follow up process should look like, and what the laws are around lead abatement in Chicago.

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  • Prevention in Chicago
  • Testing, Reporting, Requirements, and Resources in Chicago
  • Latest Data and Reports
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  • Testing, Reporting, Requirements, and Resources in Illinois
  • Patient Questionnaires
  • AAP Policies

Free Lead Poisoning Prevention Trainings

These training presentations explore the adverse effects of lead exposure on children, the reduced frequency of childhood blood testing during the pandemic, and how early screening can be a crucial step in preventing lead poisoning. It is an excellent educational opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about lead poisoning and how to prevent it.

 

Learning Objectives of the Training Session:

  • Review lead and sources of exposure
  • Examine causes, signs, and symptoms of lead poisoning
  • Identify the effects of lead poisoning on children
  • Discuss how providers can talk to parents and families about lead poisoning and prevention
  • Discuss lead screening and reporting requirements

Upcoming Sessions

Thursday, April 25, 2024

6-7pm

Thursday, May 2, 2024

12-1pm

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

12-1pm

Thursday, August 22, 2024

12-1pm

Educational Opportunities for Healthcare Providers

Earn CME with Our Virtual Education Opportunities

Virtually attend this free training session, now available on ICAAP’s learning management system, and earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for professional development. Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to enhance your public health knowledge and prevent lead poisoning!

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The Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics is accredited by the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics designates each live webinar for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses and Nurse Practitioners can submit Certificates of Attendance to their accrediting board to claim credit for participation in the live webinars.

About the Initiative

Increasing Education and Outreach Throughout Illinois

In partnership with lead poisoning prevention experts, ICAAP seeks to offer education and encourage activities that will prevent lead poisoning. This initiative involves:

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Recruiting for an advisory workgroup

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Gathering vetted educational materials and curriculum

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Providing communication toolkits

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Developing training for pediatricians and medical practices

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Evaluating prevention strategies

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