Lead Blood Testing
Lead Testing in Children
The Washtenaw County Health Department offers free blood lead testing for children up to 6 years old with Medicaid or who are uninsured. Please call 734-544-6700 to schedule an appointment.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Recommendations
The CDC recommends that all children ages 1 and 2 be screened for lead poisoning. Children who are 3 to 6 years old should be tested for lead if they have not been tested for lead before, and if they:
- Live or spend time in pre-1978 housing
- Have a sibling or playmate who has had lead poisoning
If you have questions or concerns about your child's exposure to lead, please contact your pediatrician for a lead blood level test.
For questions about children's exposure to lead, please contact Jane Nickert.
Health Risks of Lead Exposure
Exposure to excessive levels of lead can affect almost every organ and system in your body. The brain and central nervous system are most sensitive, particularly in children. Lead is also particularly damaging to the kidneys, reproductive system, and the immune system. The effects are the same whether it is breathed or swallowed.
Lead Poisoning Signs
A lead-poisoned child may seem healthy or exhibit any of the following signs:
- Behavior or learning problems
- Tiredness or weakness
- Hearing problems
- Weight loss
In adults, symptoms can include decreased reaction time, weakness in fingers, wrists or ankles, and possible memory loss.
- Washtenaw County Environmental Health Phone: 734-222-3800
- Lead in drinking water in Washtenaw County
- "Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home" - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) document required to be given to renters and buyers in pre-1978 housing
- "Renovate Right" - EPA Rule requiring lead-safe work practices when performing renovation, repair and painting projects
- Michigan Department of Community Health - Information on lead poisoning, approved testing laboratories, and certified lead abatement professionals in Michigan
- Environmental Protection Agency - General information on lead poisoning prevention, as well as requirements for lead paint disclosure for landlords, realtors, and home sellers.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention