Blood Lead Testing of Children

A blood lead test is the only way to find out if your child has a high lead level. Most children with high levels of lead in their blood have no symptoms. Although lead hazards in pre-1978 housing are the most common risk to young children, lead can be found in many products and places.

A child’s risk of exposure changes rapidly as they become more mobile. One test does not rule out future exposure. It is very difficult to predict if your child has been exposed to lead by using a questionnaire. 

The Iowa Department of Public Health recommends that all children in Iowa get a blood lead test at 1, 2 and 3 years of age.  Ask your toddler’s health care provider to collect a blood lead test every year, especially in their first three years of life.

Your child's health care provider can recommend treatment if your child has been exposed to lead. Additional testing may be needed.


Mandatory Blood Lead Testing in Iowa

In Iowa, legislation requires all children entering kindergarten have at least one blood lead level test.

Iowa House File 158 was passed in 2007, amended in 2008 and became effective July 1, 2008. This is known as “mandatory blood lead testing.”

The goal of this legislation is to protect Iowa children under the age of 6 years from lead damage in their developing brains and nervous systems, and to reduce the number of children with developmental and learning problems related to lead exposure.













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