How do they test children for lead poisoning?
A blood lead test is the only way to find out if a child has lead poisoning. A doctor or nurse takes a small amount of blood from a child’s finger or arm. The blood sample is sent to a laboratory to find out how much lead it contains. Children should be tested at 12 months and again at age 2. Additional testing may be necessary for children who are exposed to lead. Your health care provider can perform these tests.
Visit the Idaho Medicaid Lead Testing Program for more information.