It can be costly and time-consuming for medical practices to determine which patients have or have not followed through on testing and to track down children who need follow-up. Sometimes, the latter can be impossible. Fifty percent of Medicaid children will move an average of four times by age two, and often there's no forwarding address. Phone numbers change or are disconnected.

Losing track of a lead-poisoned child compounds the curse of lead poisoning too. Parents can't protect their children when they don't know there's a problem. It also undermines federal, state, and local enforcement programs, which use elevated results tied to a specific address to target lead remediation and enforcement actions. Unfortunately, many children get poisoned at the same address. Experts agree that the best way to ensure that children receive mandated testing is to bring the test to the child, not the child to the test. That's why the CDC funded the development of a portable device designed so children can be tested where they already receive healthcare or services.

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HOW ARE CHILDREN EXPOSED TO LEAD?

Lead sources may include: paint chips, dust, & soil in or around older (pre-1978) buildings older painted objects leaded glass, crystal, pewter, & ceramic dishes (more likely in painted china & in pottery from Latin America, the Middle East, & India) herbal/traditional remedies & cosmetics from other countries candy from Mexico toys & trinkets
Doctors and Public Health, click here to learn how the LeadCare II system can help you meet your state's blood-lead screening requirements.