Childhood Lead Poisoning

Childhood Lead Poisoning

Health Care Requirements have changed for Childhood Lead Screening. Parents should familiarize themselves with the new law and remind their child's medical provider to test all children 6 years and under according to the following schedule:

  • At well-child visits, at age 12 months and again at age 24 months, health care providers are required to screen all children using a blood lead test for elevated blood lead levels.
  • Any child between 25-72 months of age, who has not previously been screened, shall also have a blood lead screen performed immediately, regardless of risk.
  • Additional blood lead screening is indicated for any child < 72 months of age, with developmental delays, especially if associated with pica.
  • Furthermore, all children 6-72 months of age in HUSKY Part A Medicaid must be assessed for risk, and at a minimum, screened at 12 months and 24 months of age per federal requirements.

Blood lead testing should also be considered for any child regardless of age, with:

  • Unexplained seizures, neurologic symptoms, hyperactivity, behavior disorders, growth failure, abdominal pain, or other symptoms consistent with lead poisoning or associated with lead exposure;
  • Recent history of ingesting, or an atypical behavior pattern of inserting, any foreign object (even if the foreign object is unleaded) into a body orifice.

For a List of Recalled Childhood Products containing excessive Lead levels, click here.