The Paramus Board of Health has announced that it will offer a screening for blood lead for preschool children in Paramus on Tuesday morning, May 3rd . The test uses a simple fingerstick, and will be held at Borough Hall on Jockish Square.
Paramus Health Officer John Hopper urges the parents of all toddlers, one to six years old, to participate in this screening. “Lead Poisoning can harm the child’s developing brain and nervous system, and can also cause delayed speech, learning disabilities and behavior problems”, Hopper said. State law mandates that every child be screened for blood lead between 9 and 18 months of age, and again between 19 and 26 months of age. Any child over 26 months, but less than six years of age, may be screened, especially if he/she has never previously been tested for lead by their pediatrician.