Get the Lead Out of Kids' Blood - Get Your Child Tested for Lead Poisoning Using These Instructions
You do NOT want to allow your child to be exposed to lead poisoning.
The problem is you cannot see lead poisoning directly but you can see the affects of lead poisoning on other things and learn to recognize those patterns to identify where lead may be hidden in plain sight.
Lead is in old house paint that peels off and falls on the ground - stay away from peeling or chipping on doors, windows, exterior walls and inside older homes that may not have been repainted for a long time.
Lead goes in your body if you eat it or breath it. Kids can pick paint chips up off the floor and eat them because lead paint tastes sweet like candy and it can fall off the walls outside and get into the soil in a garden where you grow your family's food.
You can breath it in because it falls apart and gets tracked around the house and turns into dust over time and then blows around inside and outside your home.
Here are some of the health affects on humans
The only way you can tell for sure if you or your child have been exposed to lead poisoning is with a blood test. Get Your Child Tested for Lead Poisoning
IS MY CHILD AT RISK FOR LEAD POISONING?
Most children who have lead poisoning do not look or act sick, but lead poisoning can permanently damage your child’s brain and make it hard for them to learn, pay attention and behave.
A blood test is the only way to know if your child has lead in their body. The process is very simple. Typically a child’s finger is pricked with a pin and a few drops are collected for lab analysis.
Ask your child’s doctor for a blood lead test if:
- Your child attends Oakland or San Francisco schools
Lead contamination was found in the drinking water sources in more than 40 Oakland and San Francisco public schools. East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) is now testing additional schools, with more results to come.
- Your home was built before 1978 and has chipped or peeling paint
Many homes built before 1978 have layers of lead paint underneath newer paint layers. Children can become lead poisoned by swallowing peeling or chipping lead paint chips or breathing in lead dust.
HOW CAN I TEST MY CHILD FOR LEAD POISONING?
If you have private health insurance:
- Contact your health provider and request a blood lead test for your child.
If you have Medi-Cal or if you are uninsured:
- Your child may be able to get free or low-cost health insurance, including tests for lead. Visit your child’s school-based health center to request a blood lead test for your child.
For more options: Visit achealthcare.org/health-insurance-info/low-income-coverage-options/
Even if you are not a citizen, you can still receive health services in Alameda County.
Under SB 75, All children under 19 years of age who are eligible for Medi-Cal even if they are unable to establish satisfactory immigration status are now eligible for full-scope benefits.