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Old 09-14-2006, 06:42 PM   #21
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Re: did your 12 mo old have a lead test?

They only test people who have house built before 1978 I think. I remember them asking if my home was bulit before sometime and if I have water.

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Old 09-14-2006, 06:54 PM   #22
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Yes - but only after I requested it be done. My ped doesn't do any bloodwork unless there is obvious reason to, so DS didn't get the standard anemia test or anything. DH took him to the 12m appt and didn't ask, but at his 15m checkup I requested both tests. We are at risk for lead due to living on what was once a farm and the age of our house (our house is fine, but the soil is my big concern) - so I was not taking any chances. Both came back fine though - only a 3

ETA: Make sure you request the finger stick!! For lead and anemia - not necessary to doa venous puncture, finger stick is just as good. Venous is more accurate, but really only needed if the child's level is elevated.

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Old 09-14-2006, 07:11 PM   #23
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Re: did your 12 mo old have a lead test?

My kids have not been tested, but I have to fill out the same question sheet to eval the need for a test everytime I go in, starting at 6 months.
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Old 09-14-2006, 09:33 PM   #24
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Re: did your 12 mo old have a lead test?

No, DD was not tested for lead at our doctor's office, but we just did a hair anaylsis on our own and it showed no lead but a high level of aluminum. I'm wondering where that came from.
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Old 09-14-2006, 09:46 PM   #25
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Re: did your 12 mo old have a lead test?

In PA we get it at 12months because of the high amounts of lead paints used in the past. Most of the most have painted over the lead paint, but not all. I think it all depends on where you live. A new neighborhood, there wouldn't be much to worry about. An inner-city townhouse, there very well could be lead paint underneath the upper coat thats chipping!
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Old 09-15-2006, 05:17 AM   #26
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Re: did your 12 mo old have a lead test?

We lived in CA until DS was two and he was not tested until we moved to MA where it is law. He actually tested with a higher than recommended lead level, which was a bit scary. However, when they retested at three, his levels were fine. I believe that DD will get tested at her next appointment in a couple of weeks (she will be one). I am not looking forward to it, but I have enough experience with the lab techs at this point (DS has had to have a lot of blood tests in the last couple of months because of issues with his bone marrow ) that I know they do a great job with kids there.
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Old 09-15-2006, 07:07 AM   #27
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Re: did your 12 mo old have a lead test?

We also live in MA, where it is law. They do it every year until, I think, 5, and then still once in a while after that. Not a big deal.
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Old 09-16-2006, 08:48 PM   #28
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Re: did your 12 mo old have a lead test?

One did, and one didn't. It related to the age of the house we were in at the time. It was a fingerprick and she actually didn't even notice, so it wasn't traumatic for her.
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Old 09-16-2006, 08:51 PM   #29
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Re: did your 12 mo old have a lead test?

No, but I can't get in for a 12 month appt until he's 14 months, dang tricare! Our apt's walls were tested by base housing a few years ago and it came back fine.
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Old 09-16-2006, 09:04 PM   #30
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Re: did your 12 mo old have a lead test?

No, our dr recommended it but we are waiting. I did not want to do shots and a blood draw on the same day.
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