Detecting Lead Poisoning Early to Avoid Further Harm
If you have any reason to suspect that your child has been exposed to lead contact your health care provider. Your child’s health care provider can help you decide whether to perform a blood test to see if your child has an elevated blood lead level. A blood lead test is the only way you can tell if your child has an elevated lead level. Most children with elevated blood lead levels have no symptoms. The health care provider can recommend treatment if your child has been exposed to lead.
By getting a blood test performed on your child and testing surfaces in your home for lead, you can take a positive step toward avoiding lead exposure and holding your landlord or another responsible party accountable for exposing your child to lead poisoning.
At the Law Offices of Charles N. Rock in New York, we represent children throughout the northeast U.S. who have been exposed to lead. If you believe your child has lead poisoning, contact us for a free consultation with experienced lead poisoning lawyer Charles Rock.
Getting Your Child Tested for Lead in the Bloodstream
In some places, blood testing for lead is a routine practice. For instance, in New York, if a child lives in an area with older housing stock, pediatricians are required by State regulations to perform lead blood testing at the age of one. In other areas, this may not be required.
Some doctors perform lead blood tests as a routine part of pediatric care, even when not required to do so. Parents can also request these tests.
If your doctor detects lead in your child’s blood, he or she may ask you to return for another test within three months, or he or she may immediately report the test results to the health department so your home can be tested for lead.
Testing Painted Surfaces for Lead Exposure
You can also perform a lead test in your own home. Lead testing kits are available in many hardware stores. These kits contain material that will turn color if you rub it against a surface with exposed lead. It may also be possible to test your child’s day care center or school.
If your child or anyplace where your child spends a lot of time tests positive for lead, you should contact your doctor and the health department to find out what to do next.
You can also contact us to discuss how lead poisoning lawyer Charles Rock and our team can help you hold the responsible party accountable for your child’s toxic lead exposure. Serving New Paltz, Newburgh, Kingston, Middletown, New Windsor, Poughkeepsie, and throughout New York.