Originally Posted by jenniet
It was a finger prick test. Because my three year old was just tested a couple of months ago and his levels weren't high we are assuming it is not coming from something like lead paint in our house, although our house was built in 1921. Everything has been painted over in the past few years and nothing is peeling, again, if it were lead dust I would think the three year old would have also tested high. As far as the toys go, this is where I think the problem might be. Nothing we own has been recalled but we do have toys Made In China and I have heard home lead-testing kits for toys are not accurate. Should I throw out everything Made In China? Everything plastic? I have a wooden Educo play kitchen, made in China, some of the toy food is painted, should I get rid of the whole thing? We don't let him chew on our keys but he does put EVERYTHING in his mouth right now...
Well..not necesarily. Because the baby was just recently/still is crawling around, and more likely to be putting stuff (even just fingers) in his mouth, so it could actually be environmental, but only the baby is getting enough exposire to test high. it happens a lot actually. you can have an entire family, and only the baby will test high. i personally would suspect the test first and foremost. finger prick tests are simply not very accurate, period. if you go back and get a second high prick test, they will send you for a blood draw. if oyu are truly worried, i woudl just go ahead and schedule a cblood draw now. And i would certainly do that before throwig away a buinch of expensive toys. A house that old will have lead pipes, right? do you drink house water? does he maybe slurp his bathwater? That seems like a potential issue that would be weasy to solve with a filter or bottles water options. You can go ahead and take a wet mopcloth and really mop the entire floor , and then also do the baseboards, and walls up to 3 feet or so, and all the window sills. this will also give you a chance to inspect teh entire house...crawl around at your childs level and see and touch what he sees and touches. Dos your county/city have any type oif lead program in place? Where you could mayeb get toys tested, or your house inspected. Sometimes there ishelp like that available. depends on your community.
The MIC isn't really accurate to determine what might have lead or not. non-MIC stuff has lead, and much MIC stuff does not have lead. I mean, a recent recall involved one side of one block of a set of baby einstein blocks! it can be that weird and specific. (i had that set, btw, LOL!) And at work, we had the county come in and test our stuff, and foudn out the BLUE mega blocks, just the blue ones, had high levels of lead. *sigh* Also, a recent study found many, MANY vitamins, including some supposed "good" high quality, organic/whole foods ones, have HIGH levels of lead in them.
so anyway...my first plan of attack would be a retest, ASAP. it will keep you from worrying for 3 months while you freak every time he touches anything. If a blood draw shows elevated levels, your town/hospital/health dept. really should have a program to deal with it. It's considered a serious public health problem, and there has a been a lot of money thrown at it lately. I'll bet your HD has $$ sitting around specifically for lead, lol.