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.