i don't live in mass, but wanted to share our experience:
our dd had elevated lead levels and it wasn't from peeling paint in our house. it was an appliance (refrigerator from the 60s/70s) that had lead paint on the exterior. i know another family that has a kid with high levels which came from some painted furniture.
lead can be in a lot of things in the environment. it is also in the soil, air, soldering of pipes that carry your drinking water, toys, etc. you see where i'm going on this.
i'm extremely grateful that my daughter was tested for lead as early as she was. she was tested at her 9 month visit and most pedis do it at 12 months. by catching it early we were able to correct the problem and prevent any long term effects. the initial test was just a fingerprick. it was over in half a minute and had enormous benefits for us as a family.
i'm curious as to why you object to this test?
ariana, mama to beautiful redheaded girls (oct 07) and (nov 10)