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Lead Poisoning in Children: Questions Before Screening

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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 1978? This question could apply to a facility such as a home day care center 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 1978 that has recently been (within the last 6 months) or is currently being renovated or remodeled?

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By Healthwise Staff
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
R. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology
Last Revised June 5, 2012

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