The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently supported ending the use of the term level of concern in discussing blood lead levels (BLLs) in children because evidence indicates that no level of lead is safe; therefore all elevated level of lead are of concern.
Below is a questionnaire that can help determine if a child is at risk for lead toxicity.
Quick Lead Screening Questionnaire For Children
1. Within the last 6 months, has your child lived in or regularly visited a house, apartment, or school built before 1978 or before 1950? Are there paint surfaces that are peeling or chipped in the home or school?
2. Does your child live in or regularly visit a house or school built before 1978 or before 1950 that is undergoing renovation or has recently been renovated?
3. Have you ever seen your child eating paint chips or other nonfood substances such as paper?
4. Has yoru child ever taken home remedies such as azarcon, pay-loo-ah, carol, ghasard, kohl, great, bala goli, shurma, or rueda?
5. Do you use ceramic pottery from Mexico, Central America, South America, or Asia for cooking, serving, or storing food or beverages?
6. Have you ever been told that your child has an elevated blood lead level?
Duderstadt, K. (2019). Pediatric physical examination: An illustrated handbook. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
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