Lead Poisoning Prevention and Testing

Below you will find information that will better help you understand what lead poisoning is. There are also links to other resources that can help you get answers to your questions. Below are a few answers to some of the important questions you may have.


Why should you have your child tested for lead?

Because even small amounts of lead can harm a child's brain, kidneys and stomach. Lead poisoning can slow a child's development and cause learning and behavior problems.

How will I know if my child has lead poisoning?

A child could have lead poisoning and not feel sick. Or a child may have stomach aches, headaches, a poor appetite or trouble sleeping or be cranky, tired or restless.

What should I do to protect my child?

A blood test is the only way to find out if a child has too much lead. You should have your child tested at 12 months of age and again at 24 months of age. If your child has never had a lead test, they should be tested.

What should I do?

Call your doctor and make an appointment to have your child tested today. Below you will find information that you can print off and take to your doctor's office that explains the Medicaid requirements around lead testing for children. Also if you need additional help understanding what you need to do to get your child tested for lead, we have included a list of County Department of Job and Family Services (CDJFS) Healthchek Coordinators who can assist you.

I am pregnant or currently breastfeeding, should I be concerned?

Lead poisoning is caused by breathing or swallowing lead.  Lead can pass from a mother to her unborn baby. For more information, use these these resources provided by the Ohio Department of Health:

Lead Testing
Having your child tested is very important. Be sure to ask your child's doctor about blood lead screenings at your next visit. Print this card and bring it with you to your child's next appointment as a reminder to your child's doctor about blood lead screening requirements.
Ohio Department of Health Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
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