Blood Lead Testing
Lead can be found in many places. It can be found in soil, yards and playgrounds, or in the food we eat or drink. Sometimes lead is added to cosmetics and home remedies/medicines, and it has even been found on children's toys and jewelry.
The most significant source of lead is lead-based paint present in homes and buildings built before 1978.
Why are children at risk?
Children ages six and younger are especially at risk for three reasons:
› their brains and nervous systems are still developing
› at this age toys and fingers often end up in their mouths
› their bodies are more likely to absorb lead than an adult's body
Even exposure to low levels of lead can cause:
› Damage to the brain and nervous system
› Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity
› Slowed growth
› Hearing problems
› In rare cases of acute lead poisoning from ingestion of lead, children can suffer seizures, coma and even death.
Blood lead surveillance and screening (testing) is a component of a well-child visit. All children should be screened for blood lead risk and be tested as indicated.
Blood Lead Testing via a capillary finger poke is available at all HDNW offices. The fee for testing is $25. Medicaid is also accepted and testing can be completed at no charge.
Call 1-800-432-4121 to make an appointment!