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My child has had a blood lead test, what happens next?

The result of the child's blood lead test is the deciding factor on what happens next.

If the result of the blood test is less than 10 micrograms per deciliter (ug/dL) then it is below the level of concern and no further action is taken.  However, all children should receive a test at 12 months of age and at 24 months of age regardless of past history. So, have the child tested again at a later date at the ages specified above.

If the result of the blood test is between 10 and 19 ug/dL then the blood level is at the level of concern. A local nurse and/or environmentalist may make a home visit for a visual investigation. You will be given information on nutrition and possible interim controls that you can use to lower your child's blood level.

If the result is confirmed at 20 ug/dL and above, you should take your child to your primary physician for a medical evaluation and start medical nutrition therapy. You can expect a local nurse and/or environmentalist to make a home visit for a visual investigation as well as a risk assessment by a certified risk assessor.

If the result is 45 ug/dL and above, your physician may recommend chelation therapy. Chelation therapy uses drugs that are capable of breaking down lead in the body to help it leave. All drugs have potential side effects and must be used with caution so speak with your physician about what you can expect.

Here are some resources you may find helpful:
• Coping with Your Child's Diagnosis
• Kentucky Screening Guidelines

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Last Updated 10/21/2009