SmartOakland & Alameda County Healthy Homes Lead Poisoning Prevention Urge Parents to Get Kids Tested for Lead Poisoning
Test Your Child 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.
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 10 Oakland and San Francisco public schools. East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) is now testing additional schools, with 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 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:
- Call the Alameda County Public Health Clearinghouse at 1-888-604-4636 or 1-800-422-9495.
Even if you are not a citizen, you can still receive health services in Alameda County.
WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR RESULTS
Your healthcare provider will contact you and the state public health department with the results of your test. If your child has elevated blood lead levels, the Alameda County Healthy Homes Department will contact you with further resources. Go to achhd.org and review the “Blood Lead Levels – What Do They Mean?” under Education Materials.
Document co-created by SmartOakland Get the Lead Out Coalition and
Alameda County Healthy Homes Lead Poisoning Prevention Division http://www.achhd.org/
Contact Us at http://www.SmartOakland.org or 510-833-6591
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