What are the tests for baby lead poisoning?

Blood test. A simple blood test that can be done by a finger stick.

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What could give a baby lead poisoning in this day and age?

House '78 or earlier. Houses built before 1978 may have lead based paint. Other lead sources: candies and some traditional home remedies from mexico and india; hot tap water for cooking; certain containers or cookware; imported toys or products . See lead recalls at http://www.Cdc.Gov/nceh/lead/recalls/default.Htm. Read more...

Is there more than one good way to treat baby lead poisoning?

Several approaches. First, remove lead from the environment. Second, treatment with iron. Third - oral or intravenous chelation. Read more...
Depends. Your info gives little detail.Baby? few babies have had time to get significant lead exposure. If your test is a bit high, understand that 20 years ago they accepted twice the blood lead content before they called it high.Management can be as simple as identifying and avoiding any further exposure (most levels), to hospital based IV drugs at critically high levels. Read more...

Could having lead poisoning as an infant cause recurring anemia?

Unlikely to happen. Lead is a competitive binder for some of the factors in blood production and when it is circulating in a patient with lead exposure it can/will cause anemia.Treatment can remove some lead but other metabolically inactive lead may be locked away in bones.It is not a factor in future blood production. Read more...

Describe the features of lead poisoning in a baby.?

Lead poisoning. Lead poisoning is much more common in toddlers who can move around at get a peeling paint surfaces. But babies can be exposed. The most likely symptoms would be severe lethargy, loss of alertness or interest in eating. Vomiting can occur. Read more...

Can you get lead poisoning from a pencil if your child accidently pricked himself?

Absolutely NOT. Lead from a pencil is nothing but carbon (like charcoal). This is different from lead, the chemical element lead, that is used in many chemical preparatins such as paint, batteries, soldiering and the like. The chemical lead is very dangerous to your health whereas the carbon in the lead pencil is more of a tattooing and inert. Cerainly the wound from the stab or stick should be treated. Read more...
No. The "lead" pencils do not have any lead in it, therefore no risk of poisoning. There's a risk of foreign body in ears or nose, so try to keep toddlers away from them anyway... Read more...

When would you suspect your child has lead poisoning?

LEAD POISONING. Vague symptoms such as vomiting with abdominal pain, weight loss, irritability, ataxia, irritability, headache, constipation and personality changes. Late effects are retarded grouth, poor performance in school, convulsions and coma. History of pica. Read more...
Pica. If a child is noted to ingest paint chips from peeling paint, or ingesting non food substances, they should have a lead blood test. Abdominal pain and headache are common signs of high lead levels. Speak to your pediatrician to have a blood lead level done. Read more...

If we live in an older home, should I be concerned about my baby getting lead poisoning?

Yes. All infants should be checked for lead at ~1 and 2 yrs of age. In older homes, be careful about peeling paint, a common source of lead poisoning. Read more...
Yes. Despite the fact that lead-based paint has been banned in the US since 1977 (and in Europe since 1900!), it's still a huge environmental health concern for small kids. Small kids live close to the ground and explore the world with their mouths. An older house represents a risk. Your medical provider will likely check a lead level at 9 - 12 months of age. Read more...
Be mildly concerned. Lead is a naturally occurring element, and was used in homes for generations before the most recent 30 years. So, children growing up in older homes will likely have more lead exposure than kids living in new homes will have. A blood lead test is routinely done at age 1 year and 5 years, in communities with elevated lead exposures. Avoid raising a baby in a home during dusty remodeling work. Read more...
Keep it in mind. And make sure your dr knows the age of your home. Children routinely get tested for lead at 12mo and 5yrs, but if your child exhibits symptoms your dr may test earlier. Babies may eat old paint chips containing lead and this can build up in their bloodstream over time causing neurological problems. You can test your walls for lead exposure in the paint. Read more...

If a child gets lead poisoning, how long does it take for his system to clear after no longer getting exposed?

Months. Once absorbed, 90% is stored in bond as lead phosphate. The other 10% is taken up by the red blood cells, the brain, the kidneys, and the liver, where toxic effects can develop. To excrete lead: 90% put out in stool; 9% in urine; it takes twice as long to excrete lead as to absorb it. The one-half life of lead in body is 2 months. So the level will decrease by 1/2 every 2 months. Read more...

Can lead poisoning show on a blood test?

Yes. Toxins in the blood stream can be largely tested for. Read more...
Yes. It can show directly or indirectly on more than one type of test. Lead can interfere with blood formation and trigger anemia. It can also be measured specifically in blood or serum. If present for an extended period in growing kids it can show up as lead lines in the bones. Read more...