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The best thing you can do for your child is to test the level of lead in his or her body. This is done using a simple blood test. Your doctor or your local health center can perform the test and explain the results. Or watch for SRC's Leadie Eddie mobile lead screening van at neighborhood events this summer months.
When to test for lead
If your child is at risk of lead exposure, have the child tested at the age of 12 months. (A child is at risk of lead exposure if—for example—he or she lives in a home built before 1978 that has peeling or chipping paint or if the adults in the home work with lead. Any child that lives in Minneapolis or St. Paul is considered at risk.) Repeat the test at age 2. Children aged 3-6 years should be tested if they have a change in their risk of exposure to lead.
Treating Lead Poisoning
If your child has been tested and has a blood-lead level at or above 5 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL), you will need to get a venous confirmation test at your primary clinic within 3 months.
For additional information, contact us or call our Lead Line at