Is my child at risk for lead toxicity?
- Does your child receive benefits from Medicaid? If so, testing for lead at one (1) and again at two (2) years of age is required in the state of Indiana! Talk with your child’s health care provider about having your child tested.
- Children with high lead levels may NOT look or act differently. If your child is under the age of six (6), and you are concerned that they are at risk or have been exposed to lead, talk with your health care provider about testing.
Ask yourself the following questions to determine if your child is at risk. If you answer “yes” or “I don’t know” to any of the questions, insist on a blood test from your child’s health care provider.
- Do you live in a home built before 1978?
- Do you live in a home built before 1978 where there has been recent work like painting, renovations, or repairs?
- Does your child frequently visit or go to a day care in an older home?
- Does your child spend time with an adult whose job exposes him or her to lead?
(Examples: construction, painting, metal cutting or recycling)
- Does your child have a brother, sister or neighbor who has had lead poisoning?
- Were you or your child born in another country?
- Does your child put lots of things that are not food in his/her mouth?
- Have you moved to an older building since your child’s last blood lead test?