Childhood Lead Poisoning — Risk Assessment

The risk assessment questions below can help identify a possible risk of exposure to lead hazards. Please answer "Yes," "No" or "I don't know" for the following questions.

  1. Does your child live in a high-risk zip code area for lead exposure?

  2. Does your child live or spend time in a house built before 1978?

  3. Does your child live or spend time in a house/building built before 1978 with recent or ongoing remodeling within the past year?

  4. Is your child eligible for or enrolled in Medicaid, Head Start, or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)? (Children enrolled in Medicaid are required to get tested for lead at ages 12 and 24 months, or age 24–72 months if they have no record of ever being tested.)

  5. Is your child a recent immigrant, refugee, or foreign adoptee?

  6. Does your child live with a parent or caregiver who has a job that causes them to have frequent contact with lead? (e.g., plumbers, construction, auto repair, metal/battery recycling, welders)

  7. Does your child have developmental disabilities and persistent pica (eating non-food items) habits?

  8. Does your child have a sibling or playmate with a blood lead level of 3.5 µg/dL or higher?

If the answer to any question above is “Yes” or “I don’t know," talk to your healthcare provider about getting a blood lead test for your child.