A finger-prick, or capillary, test is usually the first step to determine if a child has elevated blood lead levels. While finger-prick tests can provide fast results, they also can produce higher results if lead on the skin is captured in the sample.
What is a normal lead level for a child?
The average lead test result for young children is about 1.4 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL). 5-14 • Your child’s lead level is high. A result of 5 µg/dL or higher requires action. Your doctor or nurse will talk with you about your child’s diet, growth and development, and possible sources of lead.
What is the normal lead level?
In adults, lead blood levels up to 10 mcg/dL are considered normal. Anywhere from 10 to 25 mcg/dL is a sign that you’re regularly exposed to lead. At 80 mcg/dL, you should consider treatment. Levels lower than 80 mcg/dl with symptoms may also indicate a need for treatment.
Do babies get tested for lead?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that a risk assessment be performed for lead exposure at well-child visits at 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 18 months, 24 months, and at 3, 4, 5, and 6 years of age. A blood lead level test should be done only if the risk assessment comes back positive.
How can I lower my baby’s lead levels?
Step 1 – Regular Washing. Wash your child’s hands often with soap and water.
Step 2 – A Safer Home. Wet wash your home often – especially window sills and wells.
Step 3 – Eat Healthy Foods. Feed your child food that is high in calcium, iron and Vitamin C.
Step 4 – Medical Care.
At what age should a child be tested for lead?
If children are exposed to lead, their BLLs tend to increase during ages 0–2 years and peak at ages 18–24 months (12). Therefore, screening is recommended at both ages 1 and 2 years to identify children who need medical management and environmental and public health case management (2).
What blood lead level is safe?
There is no safe blood level of lead. However, a level of 5 mcg/dL is used to indicate a possibly unsafe level for children. Children whose blood tests at those levels should be tested periodically. A child whose levels become too high — generally 45 mcg/dL or higher — should be treated.
How do I lower my child’s lead level?
What foods are high in lead?
Lead was most commonly found in the following baby foods types:
Fruit juices: 89% of grape juice samples contained detectable levels of lead, mixed fruit (67%), apple (55%), and pear (45%)
Root vegetables: Sweet potatoes (86%) and carrots (43%)
Cookies: Arrowroot cookies (64%) and teething biscuits (47%)
When should a baby be tested for lead?
Federal and state laws require the state Department of Health Care Services to make sure blood lead level tests are administered to babies enrolled in Medicaid — known as Medi-Cal in California — when they reach the ages of 12 months and 24 months.
How do I know if my baby has lead poisoning?
Signs and symptoms of lead poisoning in children include:
Loss of appetite.
Sluggishness and fatigue.
Does lead leave the body?
Shortly after lead is absorbed into your body it travels in your blood to soft tissues and organs, such as liver, kidneys, brain, muscles and heart. The lead can be either stored or excreted into your urine and faeces. The time it takes for most of the lead to be excreted depends on how long you have been exposed for.