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...
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.
Some additional things you can do to cut down on the possibility of lead dust in your environment (and ditto pp...baby has high levels BECAUSE he puts everything in his mouth. When that toy goes on the floor it picks up lead dust and he ingests it...that's why you and ODS don't test positive). 1) Put all the hard toys through the DW and all the soft toys through the washing machine with some regularity. We'd occasionally toss big items like the exersaucer into the bathtub for a shower-off, too. This is easier in sunny weather as you can hose off outside (with a food-grade hose...most garden hoses have lead in them). 2) take off your shoes when you come in the house to avoid tracking in lead dust which is ALL OVER THE PLACE from the time when gas contained lead. My understanding is that any parking lot or roadway can be a source of lead tracken in by foot. 3) Cook with cast iron pans. Iron helps the body resist lead contamination because the iron lodges in the 'gaps' in cells that the lead would occupy. Cooking with cast iron is a better way than supplementing with iron...again as I understand it, this is because you're eating the iron with food which helps your body absorb it. 4) Wash your baby's hands all the time. Just get in the habit of doing it every time you and he pass the sink. Rinse off toys he's playing with while he's playing with them.
If your next test comes back positive, I'd recommend an audit by a lead examiner. It can be expensive, especially if you end up having to delead, but it's worth it (and it'll make your house more saleable, too, for families with youngsters...when we moved last Summer you can BET this was one of our top issues!).
ETA: If you do do a thorough cleaning of all your surfaces, use vinegar and water and paper towels. THROW AWAY the paper towels as you use them...don't dip them back into the cleaning solution as this will just spread around the lead. I know it's a huge waste, but that was one thing that the people from the state de-lead program really emphasised for us.
HTH. It's a worry I know, but at least this is something you can do something about, right?!
The thing that's frustrating about lead is that there's a really good chance that you'll never know what did it. It took me a while to get to that point, and now that I'm having another baby, I'm starting to get a little stressed again (even though we aren't living in the same place as when we she was poisoned).
I totally agree with the advice to get a blood draw ASAP. Also, make sure her diet is rich in vitamin C, iron and calcium, or supplement her.
Good luck, mama. I remember all too well how hard this is for you!
Oh, and there's a LOOOONG lead poisoning/elevated lead thread in "health and healing." You can find it here:
My nephew's was 17. His was a maraca that SIL had brought home from Aruba. It had teeth marks in it...he loved it. It was tested at the county nurses offices and had a very high lead concentration!!!
Since you have an older home, do you have forced air heat? When is the last time the ducts were cleaned? If it was a while ago, you could be blowing lead dust around the house with the heating system.
Vit. C, Iron, calcium...but take the calcium at a different time than the iron. Take Vit C w/ iron, as it helps with absorbtion.
DS, 10/07. Allergies: peanut, egg, wheat. We've added dairy back in. And taken it back out again. It causes sandpaper skin with itchy patches and thrashing during sleep. Due w/ #2 late April, 2012.
Metis, partner to a peaceful soul, mothering DD born July '11