Lead testing, using a capillary (finger) stick, is available for children 9 months through 6 years by appointment. Clients must bring their insurance card at the time of the test.
Ohio Medicaid rules require that children on Medicaid be tested for lead at age one and two years. The Ohio Childhood Lead Prevention Program guidelines require that children ages 6 months to 36 months of age, living in designated high-risk zip code areas, should be tested for blood lead content twice, with at least 12 months between tests. Those who test at confirmed elevated levels should receive case management services. Their residence should receive a public health lead investigation.
High Risk Zip-Codes:
Children under the age of six should be tested if they meet any of the following criteria:
- Live in or regularly visit a house built before 1950 (day-care centers, preschools, etc.)
- Live in or regularly visit a house that has peelings, chippings, dusting or chalking paint
- Live in or visit a house built before 1978 with recent, ongoing or planned renovations/remodeling
- Sibling/playmate who has or did have lead poisoning
- In contact with an adult who has a hobby or works with lead (construction, welding, pottery, painting and casting ammunition)
There is NO Safe Level of Lead in the Blood!