The only way to know if a child has lead poisoning is to have the child tested for lead because symptoms are not visible. It is important to test children when they are young so they can get the right treatment if they have come into contact with lead.
Lead poisoning is diagnosed using a blood test that measures how much lead is in a person’s blood. All children with increased risk of lead exposure should be tested.
Children under the age of three are at greatest risk from lead poisoning.
Health care providers can provide blood lead testing. Some low-cost health clinics also provide lead testing.
If a child has high levels of lead in their blood, you will work with a health care provider to get the medical care needed and make the necessary changes to the child’s environment to prevent further lead poisoning.