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Christian County WIC Offers Lead Testing

If your home assembled before 1978, there’s a chance the builders painted it with lead paint. 

 

Women and Infant Children Family Case Management Coordinator Jane Griffith says WIC tests children’s blood levels for lead for free. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lead can have seriously harmful impacts on a child’s nervous system. 

The state of Illinois is aware of multiple jurisdictions where people could be exposed to lead. There’s a handful of them in Central Illinois. Griffith says if you live in these jurisdictions, you should have your child tested for lead. 

WIC will provide free testing to any child whose mother is enrolled in Medicaid, SNAP, or other supplemental programs. 

WIC operates inside the Christian County Health Department. Mothers who receive WIC will receive benefits for supplies for their infant children. 

 

Learn more at christiancountyhd.com/wic. 

 

Griffith appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

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