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Risk Assessment Questions for Children

  • Does your child live in or regularly visit a house/building built before 1978 with peeling or chipping paint, or with recent, ongoing or planned renovation or remodeling?
  • Has your family/child ever lived outside the United States or recently arrived from a foreign country?
  • Does your child have a brother, sister, housemate or playmate being followed or treated for lead poisoning?
  • Does your child frequently put things in his/her mouth such as toys, jewelry, or keys? Does your child eat non-food items (pica)?
  • Does your child frequently come in contact with an adult whose job or hobby involves exposure to lead?
  • Does your child live near an active lead smelter, battery recycling plant, or another industry likely to release lead or does your child live near a heavily traveled major highway where soil and dust may be contaminated with lead?
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Screening Questions for Lead in Pregnancy

  • Do you live in a home or apartment built before 1978?
  • Have there been any recent home improvements or repairs where you live?
  • Were you born or have you ever lived in another country?
  • Do you use medicines, cosmetics or spices from another country?
  • Do you or someone with whom you live have a job or hobby that could bring you into contact with lead?
  • Do you use pottery that was made in another country, painted china or leaded glass?
  • Have you ever eaten or chewed crushed pottery, soil, paint chips or other things that aren't food?

Resources

NYS Guidelines for the Identification and Management of Lead Exposure in Children 

Guidelines for the Identification and Management of Lead Exposure in Pregnant and Lactating Women

NYS Recommendations for Follow-up Blood Lead Level Testing in Pregnant and Lactating Women 

NYS Guidelines for the Blood Lead Testing of Refugee Children and Refugee Pregnant Women 

 

Printable Resources 

What Child Care Providers Need to Know About Lead  

Free Fact Sheets/Brochures for Parents and Caregivers

Lead CenterPoint Newsletter

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