Lead Poisoning in Children: Questions Before Screening

Topic Overview

If the answers to the following questions are "yes" or "don't know," a blood test may be done to determine whether your child has lead poisoning.

  • Does your child live in or regularly visit a house or building that was built before 1976? This question could apply to a facility such as a home daycare centre or the home of a baby-sitter or relative.
  • Does your child have a sibling or playmate who now has or has had lead poisoning?
  • Does your child live in or regularly visit a house built before 1976 that has recently been (within the last 6 months) or is currently being renovated or remodelled?

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Credits

Current as ofDecember 12, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
R. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology

Is it an emergency?

If you or someone in your care has chest pains, difficulty breathing, or severe bleeding, it could be a life-threatening emergency. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.
If you are concerned about a possible poisoning or exposure to a toxic substance, call Poison Control now at 1-800-567-8911.

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