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Old 09-16-2006, 11:15 PM   #31
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Re: did your 12 mo old have a lead test?

If a child is at risk, older home, or often visits an older home, I feel the test is necessary. Lead can cause SERIOUS damage and shows no signs until the levels are VERY high. It's a simple test. I did find it was better to have a draw from the vein. It was quicker and no clotting. Zane had it done twice since his first level was borderline. Three months later his level was fine- and he was no longer in daycare. Race had his done at one year also- different home. His was fine.

Most kids pick up lead from dust on the floor. You don't have to have chipping paint, or any other sign of a problem in the home. We had our 1950s home sealed before we moved in. They tested it in 21 places after the seal and found no lead.


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Old 09-17-2006, 06:24 AM   #32
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Re: did your 12 mo old have a lead test?

Our ped tacked it on to the lab sheet for an anemia check, but I never had that done so I never had lead checked. We've got the 15 month check coming up soon, so I'll talk to her about how real a risk it is for us.... or see if they can do the draw in-house. I'm not waiting at a lab for 30-60 minutes with a squirmy toddler!
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Old 09-17-2006, 08:53 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by cicily
Same here. No risk, so the test wasn't necessary.
Ditto for me too.
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Old 09-18-2006, 02:11 PM   #34
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Re: did your 12 mo old have a lead test?

Actually, this thread scares me. Not that i, as anyone who's ever read any of my posts can tell, LOL, but i feel this thread reveals a shocking problem with our medical system.

The "standard of care" was changed, such that ALL 12 month old children should be getting a lead test. Not just those at risk (which was the OLD standard) but ALL chicldren.....This change was last year, almost exactly a year ago.......according to the AAP, children should be tested at 12 and 24 months. (heres a link...)

I think it is shocking to see how many peds/docs are obvioualy NOT up to date on what the standards are. Now, i of course respect a parents right to decline to have the testing done....but that fact that CLEARLY, so many moms, some of whom RELY on peds to tell them what to do, aren't getting the best information/advice, because their ped for some reason is not following (or perhaps doesn't even know??) what the current guidelines me, this is scary.

To all you moms who were not offered a lead test, and who feel one might be needed, you can certainly request one. Especially if you have any risk factors, it is something to consider....
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