ALL New Hampshire children should be tested at ages 1 and 2. Every year in New Hampshire, roughly 1000 children test positive for lead -– twice the national rate.
Some children are at higher risk than others:
Most children with lead poisoning do not look sick. Getting a blood test that measures the amount of lead in a child’s body is easy and is the only way to know if poisoning has occurred. To have your child tested, call your child’s physician.
Lead is a serious toxin that can cause significant life-long consequences for your baby. It is important to catch it early, which is why all babies are tested for lead at their 1-year well check and again at their 2-year appointment. Talk to your healthcare provider about the importance of lead screening.
New Hampshire’s Healthy Homes & Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (HHLPPP) has helpful information for parents, as well. Contact the HHLPPP at 1-800-897-LEAD (5323) for additional information.
And see our How To Keep Kids Lead Free infographic!