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this is something i had never considered until tonight...i rea danother post of the practitioner forum...<br>
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we don't live in a very old house (built in 1950's)<br>
she is totally unvaxed<br>
we don't let her suck on car keys or any other "fake" metals (like costum jewlery etc...these all have high amounts of lead...<br><br>
i have heard some people say that they did test their dc's lead levels, taht they WERE high, and they were glad they did while they were young so that they could detox them<br>
now how they detox, i don't know<br>
i also heard that the most acurate tests are the ones where they draw blood from your vein.<br>
now this is a practice i take major issue with....esp when done to a trusting child who has never been vaxed and can not understand...<br>
anyway<br>
in other words, this is not something i could test for unless i felt real need for concern.<br>
i guess i just wanted to ask if any of you have thought about this and what you have learned.<br><br>
oh, i hate that the world can seem so scary and dangerous sometimes....<br>
sigh
 

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Ronan was tested at his one-year check-up. It was a finger prick, not a vein. Maybe it varies by state? We live in a 1930s house, so I was relieved to know his lead levels are normal.<br>
-Erin
 

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My ds got tested at 12 months. It is a standard test to order at my peds office--maybe also a state program? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> It was a vein draw--and it took several times to get it right. Just awful. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl"> But we, too, have an older house and wanted to be sure he wasn't exposed (his levels turned out to be fine).
 

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DD1 was tested at 12 months. Vein draw, at the hospital lab that was quick and easy. She came back at 3... a bit high for my comfort (but still within the acceptable range). We moved mid year to another old house and had her tested again at 24 months. Vein draw, at the hospital lab and a horrible experience; I should have insisted on another tech because of bad vibes, but didn't. Live and learn. Fortunately, she tested at 1, so no more draws.
 

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We got tested at 9mo. It was a finger prick, took a while of him squirming & trying to pull his hand away from the nurse, but she got it. Good to know, plus we did his hemoglobin at the same time & got to say no to the iron sups.
 

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DD's got done at 9-10 mo, it's routine when you're on medicaid out here.<br><br>
I didn't actually check up on the results, and the ped didn't comment so they must have been normal, which is not in the least surprising. They also tested iron at the same time. It was an arm draw. Which hurts less than a finger prick, imo.
 

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A house built in the 1950's CAN have lead in it!! They didn't stop using it until the late 70's. I my opinion, it's not worth the risk if you don't know if your child has high lead levels. It can cause long term learning disabilities, growth problems, etc.<br><br>
We've had my dd tested twice. At 1 yr & 2 yrs. Our house is 105 years old & obviously has lead paint in it somewhere. We've also done many renovations & are still doing them. She's always come back in the normal range (I don't know the numbers, but my pedi just told me they're normal). Both times were a vein draws. The first was terrible. She didn't understand at the time what was happening. At the second, she was very interested in what was happening. She cried for a few seconds when they did the draw, but was fine after & even thanked the woman who took the blood.
 

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We chose not to take the test as ds was having a severe phobia of doctors, nurses, etc. We did not want to traumatize him even more. We purchase a home test kit, see: <a href="http://www.leadtesting.org/" target="_blank">http://www.leadtesting.org/</a> and tested the recommended areas.
 

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In NY and some other states, lead testing is required at 1 year old and prior to entering public school. My daughter was tested and was at the high end of 'normal', so we re-tested after cleaning the house extremely carefully, eliminating a few possible sources, etc. Her level went down to a very acceptable level quite quickly, thank goodness.<br><br>
The finger prick method does not deliver accurate results, so don't bother. It is not considered an acceptable method of testing because the sample is not large enough. If a child's iron level is low, it is much easier for them to absorb lead (and I think other heavy metals?) into their body (part of our dd's problem, I think).<br><br>
Lead paint was manufactured until the 70's, used beyond that date. It is especially likely to exist on windows, doors, exterior surfaces and trim, inside closets.<br><br>
Other possible sources of lead:<br><br>
Brass Keys (including brand new ones)<br>
Jewelery with solder, especially inexpensive jewelry<br>
Stained Glass solder and metal parts<br>
The coating on christmas lights (no kidding--my friend found this last year when he was hanging lights he bought brand new at Target!)<br>
Vinyl mini blinds (hazardous as these create lead dust when opened and closed--make sure you buy mini blinds made in the US or Canada only, replace old vinyl mini blinds).<br>
fishing weights<br>
ceramic glazes on pottery/dishes<br>
some vinyl toys (older ones, I believe)<br>
drinking water (solder in pipes)<br>
soil, especially in cities and near highways where leaded gas fumes could have settled.<br>
candles with metal-core wicks (fumes are very dangerous--worse than paint chips)<br><br>
I'm sure there's more...someday I'm going to write a web page on this, as it seems that the info is really scattered out there, and you have to dig for it. Here is some stuff I usually post when the lead issue comes up:<br><br>
Here's an excellent article that my friend sent to me about renovating homes with old paint--it covers how to test, remove, etc. safely:<br><a href="http://www.taunton.com/finehomebuil...ages/h00108.asp" target="_blank">http://www.taunton.com/finehomebuil...ages/h00108.asp</a><br><br>
Here's another one I found useful:<br><a href="http://www.healthgoods.com/educatio...ome_alert.htm" target="_blank">http://www.healthgoods.com/educatio...ome%5Falert.htm</a><br><br>
And one more:<br><a href="http://www.leadvac.com/euroclean/le...ors.htm#Cleanup" target="_blank">http://www.leadvac.com/euroclean/le...ors.htm#Cleanup</a><br><br>
Here's a thread where we discussed this a while back:<br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussion...ad.php?t=145097" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussion...ad.php?t=145097</a>
 
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