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Saving your child from lead poisoning

Saving Your Child from Lead


Saving Your Child from Lead


Saving your child from lead poisoning

Lead poisoning. We prefer to stay unaware, safe in the comfort of our homes, treating the issue

like it never existed. That is until it comes down to haunt us, making us wish that we’d taken

some basic precautions earlier. Lead replacement. A much talked about issue. Something

everyone agrees is a must. But an issue that very few wish to deal with. The extra effort and

costs in front of something that may or may not happen and isn’t the easiest or the most

obvious to detect makes us want to push the dirt under the rug.

Saving your child from lead poisoning

The Flint water crisis brought lead poisoning at the forefront of American news, and this

increased the attention we pay towards testing for lead exposure. But while the Flint issue

highlighted lead poisoning in old pipes, young children can be exposed to lead through all kinds

of sources, ranging from paint and soil to toys and even candy. So much so that the Center for

Disease Control believes that more than 0.5 million children between the ages of 1 to 5 had high

levels of blood in the year 2010.

Many find lead testing to be confusing, so we decided to help you figure out all you need to

know about testing for lead in children.

Saving your child from lead poisoning

When to Test for Lead? forefront of American news, and this

State laws and the medical industry have different opinions on when to get kids tested for lead,

and whether you should have the blood levels analyzed. According to the American Academy of

Pediatrics, doctors should advise parents on the benefits of lead replacement and risk of having

things like lead paint in the house.

Blood levels should only

be tested if there are

reasons to believe that



However, state laws may

require all kids to be

tested for poisoning at

specific ages. "Having a

parent concerned tips the

balance,” says Dr. Megan

Sandel, a pediatrician at

Boston Medical Center.

Simply put, parents who

are worried about the

issue should get their kids





obvious risks or not.







Saving your child from lead poisoning

The Less Painful Method May Not Be the Best forefront of American news, and this

Sure, you want to save the child from the pain of a venous blood testing method, but finger-

stick, heel-stick and capillary tests may not be the perfect methods for collecting blood samples.

"A prick to the finger is quicker and easier," explains Dr. Sandel as it can be difficult to find a vein

to draw blood in a child, and parents might not be comfortable seeing their infants cry either

Moreover, finger-sticks can be done in the field, whereas an IV test needs to be conducted in

the doctor’s office. However, the downside of a finger-stick is that it can result in false positive

results, something that many parents have painfully learned.

In-Office Results Vs. The Lab

One of the main differences between the two is

the time taken to generate results. Doctors

usually send samples to labs for analysis. The

pediatrician contacts the parents when the

samples are ready, and this can take up to a

week. A faster method is the LeadCare II Blood

Lead Test System that can offer results within

minutes so that the doctor can get back to the

patient while they’re waiting at the office.

Courtney Lias from the FDA believes that this

test can be a real boon as it offers easy access,

thereby allowing for more people to get tested

for lead poisoning. If the levels are high, doctors

can offer immediate solutions and lead replacement ideas to remove lead from the child’s


Saving your child from lead poisoning

Safe Levels of Lead forefront of American news, and this

No level of lead is safe for kids. Before the year 2012, the CDC believed that levels of 10 mg / dl

or more should trigger screening and testing procedures and demand lead replacement

strategies. However, the allowed level of lead has since dropped to 5 mg / dl. While this sounds

easy, things become complicated for kids with levels below 5. Lower levels may mean that there

is no lead in the child’s system as the testing is accurate within 1 – 2 points.

Many believe that we could be doing so much more to save our kids from lead poisoning, and

while many things might not be possible as individuals, parents can still do a lot to protect their

kids from lead poisoning. The most important thing to do is to take proper measures to remove

lead from the home through lead replacement solutions, and make sure that they get their kids

tested for lead when needed.

Saving your child from lead poisoning

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