Elmwood Pediatrics does routine blood lead level testing at all 9 and 24 month well child visits. Results are available to discuss at that day’s visit. In addition, we can provide blood lead level testing at other ages if a parent is concerned about their child and possible exposure to lead.
Lead can be found in homes built before 1978, old paint, soil, older painted toys and antique furniture, and food stored in some ceramic dishes (especially if made in another country). Once lead enters the body, it travels through the bloodstream and is stored mainly in the bones where it can remain for a lifetime. Very high levels of lead in the body may cause long-term problems, including: developmental delays, hearing loss, seizures and coma, kidney problems, anemia and growth problems.
If you are concerned about possible lead exposure, please discuss with your provider.