Get the Lead Out: Testing and Screening for Lead Exposure

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Lead poisoning is a serious health concern, especially for young children whose bodies and minds are still developing. Exposure to lead can have long-lasting negative consequences, including:

  • Learning and behavior problems: Difficulty concentrating, hyperactivity, and decreased IQ.
  • Developmental delays: Growth problems and delayed speech and language development.
  • Hearing and vision problems: Lead exposure can even impact a child’s hearing and vision.

Unfortunately, lead is still present in our environment, and in Connecticut, this is of particular concern. Around 70% of the state’s housing stock was built before 1980, and lead paint was commonly used in homes constructed prior to 1978. This means the potential for lead exposure exists in many homes across Connecticut.

The only way to know if your child has been exposed to lead is through a blood test administered by a healthcare provider. Thankfully, Connecticut has taken a crucial step by mandating universal blood lead screening. This means all children in the state are required to be tested at least twice between the ages of 9 months and 35 months.

However, while this initial screening is crucial, only about 60% of children in Connecticut receive the recommended two tests before the age of 3. This is concerning because lead exposure can occur at any time during this critical developmental window.

Here’s what you can do to protect your child:

  • Know your home’s history. If your home was built before 1978, consider getting it tested for lead paint. You can find resources and information on lead testing at
  • Schedule regular blood lead tests for your child. Talk to your pediatrician about getting your child tested at the recommended intervals, even if you don’t suspect lead exposure.
  • Be aware of potential sources of lead exposure. While lead paint is the most common source, lead can also be found in soil, dust, and even some imported toys, foods, and products.

By taking these steps, we can work together to protect our children from the dangers of lead poisoning and ensure they have the healthy environment they need to thrive. Let’s make sure every child in Connecticut has the opportunity for a healthy start in life.

RECALL ALERT: Children’s Rhinestone Silver Tiaras Found to Contain Lead

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of about 12,400 Yaomaio children’s rhinestone silver tiaras because they contain lead levels above the federal limit. The tiara with red rhinestones was sold in a package with three other tiara styles (blue, purple, and clear) that are not included in the recall. All four tiaras came in the same cardboard packaging marked “Yaomaio.” Amazon sold them between January 2021 and November 2023 for about $19 a package. Consumers should immediately take the recalled tiaras away from their children, stop using them, and contact LordRoadS for a refund. LordRoadS and Amazon are contacting all known purchasers.

recalled tiara


Name of Product: Yaomiao Children’s Rhinestone Silver Tiaras
Hazard: The rhinestones embedded in the recalled tiaras contain levels of lead that exceed the federal lead content ban. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
Remedy: Refund
Recall Date: January 25, 2024
Units: About 12,440

Back to School: Get caught up with vaccines

We are just a few short weeks away from sending our children back to school for the 2023-24 academic year. While shopping for pencils, notebooks, and school clothes may be top of mind, Uncas Health District also reminds parents to ensure their children are up-to-date with their routine vaccinations.

To help parents take care of this important preventative health need, Uncas Health District will be out in the community with our Mobile Health Team offering preventative health care such as blood pressure screening, COVID-19 and Flu vaccines, Hepatitis C / HIV testing, syringe services, wound care info, and information about other health services offered by the Uncas Health District.

Upcoming Mobile Health Team Appearances

Friday, August 4 10 AM – 11 AM MOBILE FOOD PANTRY at Preston Senior Center
Wednesday, August 9 4 PM – 5 PM MOBILE FOOD PANTRY at Three Rivers Community College, Norwich
Thursday, August 10 1 PM – 3 PM UCFS Health Fair, Norwich
Tuesday, August 15 11 AM – 1 PM Franklin Senior Center
Wednesday, August 16 10:30 AM – 1 PM St. Vincent DePaul Place, Norwich
Thursday, August 17 4 PM – 5:30 PM MOBILE FOOD PANTRY at Griswold High School
Wednesday, August 23 1 PM – 2 PM MOBILE FOOD PANTRY at Dodd Stadium, Norwich
Tuesday, August 29 11:30 AM – 3 PM Three Rivers Community College Health Fair, Norwich
Wednesday, August 30 11 AM – 3 PM Three Rivers Community College Health Fair, Norwich
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