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Lead Testing Your Child

Lead is a metal found naturally in the environment, but some older buildings have dangerously high levels of lead inside them. High levels of lead can cause health problems-- especially in children, including: hyperactivity, slowed growth, learning problems, hearing problems, and more. It can be hard to tell if there’s lead in a home or if someone has lead poisoning, which is why a lead screening is important. 

Lorain County Public Health offers lead screenings to help find out if your child has been exposed to lead.

Who: All children 6 months to 6 years of age
When: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
            4th Tuesday of the month, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
            Appointments are encouraged; walk-ins accepted during the above times. For an appointment, call 440-322-6367
Where: 9880 S. Murray Ridge Rd., Elyria, OH
Cost: No cost. Bring your insurance card. We will bill your insurance, and a grant will cover any remaining costs.
Details: Lead screening is done with a finger prick (a blood sample). The blood sample is sent to a lab for results. When results are returned to us, we will call you with your child’s lead level if any. If your child has high levels of lead a second test is performed.

If your child does has a high lead level, we will help you with lead clean up in your home and connect you with resources for a healthy home and family.

Partial funding provided by Erie County HUD Lead grant partnership.

 

LEAD TESTING REQUIREMENTS

A blood lead test must be administered to children if “yes” is answered to any of the following:

  1. Does the child live in or regularly visit a property built before 1978 that has peeling/chipping paint or recent/ongoing renovation? This includes childcare centers, preschools, or homes of a babysitter or relative. If yes, TEST – It is OHIO LAW
  2. Is the child on Medicaid?
    If yes at ages 1 & 2, TEST – It is OHIO LAW
    If yes and child is between 3-6 years of age, TEST IF THE CHILD HAS NO TEST HISTROY
  3. Does the child live in high risk ZIP code? (visit www.odh.ohio.gov or provide a link to high risk ZIP codes in Lorain County or bubble off to side with 9 zip codes)
    If yes, TEST - It is OHIO LAW
  4. Ask six key questions to assess risk.

Does the child:

  • Live in or regularly visit a house built before 1950?
  • Have a sibling or playmate who has or did have lead poisoning?
  • Frequently come in contact with an adult who has a hobby or works with lead? Examples are construction, welding, pottery, painting, and casting ammunition.
  • Have known lead exposure during pregnancy?
  • Or the mother reside from another country as an immigrant or refugee?
  • Live near an active or former lead smelter, battery recycling plant, or other industry known to release lead?

If yes to any of the six questions, TEST – It is OHIO LAW

Source: Ohio Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Resources

Information for Health Care Providers (Ohio Department of Health)