A doctor examines a young female patient while she and her mother play with a stuffed dog

Lead is is a naturally occurring—but toxic—metal. It’s often found in the paint and dust of homes built before 1978 and in toys and other products made outside of the United States.

Unborn babies and young children are particularly at risk for lead poisoning and long-term problems that can go along with it because their smaller, growing bodies are more likely to absorb and retain lead.

Our Yale Medicine Pediatric Lead Program operates out of the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Lead Poisoning and Regional Treatment Center, one of two such centers in the state. We offer services including:

  • Lead screening and follow-up with children, including outreach and home visits
  • Inpatient and outpatient treatment, as needed
  • Social work assistance for families who need help finding safe, affordable housing or for other psychosocial needs

Educational materials by request, as well as speakers and teams of professionals to provide presentations to groups interested in childhood lead poisoning. We also offer telephone consultations.