Why All Children Should be Tested for Lead

ALL New Hampshire children should be tested at ages 1 and 2. 

Some children are at higher risk than others:

  • Children who live in or visit a home or building that was built before 1978, particularly one with peeling or chipping paint, or that is being renovated.
  • Children who live with or visit with family members or family friends whose work involves lead.

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!

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