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I took my dd to her 1 yr appt and the dr told me that she had to go get a lead test. is that really necessary?<br>
I actually don't want to deal with needles unless is really necessary<br><br>
can somebody give me some info??<br>
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If you live in an urban area or in an older home, it's a very good idea. Lead poisoning is a horrible way to ruin a brain. It's a finger stick and they fill two circles on a card to send in. I nursed my kid right through it and he didn't notice until it was basically done. He didn't even flinch. If you live in a new house built on "clean" land (no farms, landfills, etc.) you might be ok. However, there are toys and things that unexpectedly contain a lot of lead from time to time.
 

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High lead levels is one of the those things that can slip by unnoticed and do a lot of damage. I would get the test done because the risk of untreated high lead levels outweighs the risk of the finger stick to get the blood, IMO.<br><br>
MayoClinic.Com has a good <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lead-poisoning/FL00068" target="_blank">article on lead poisoning</a>.
 

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I didn't think it was necessary until my DD (who was 3 at the time) was sick and we were getting bloodwork done anyways. We added the lead to the test and it came back at 50! 50 is a toxic level. She had NO symptoms of lead poisoning except that she was a little sleepy which I thought was just a symptom going along with her asthma. We had to be admitted to Children's Hospital for IV Chelation. She was on oral chelating medications for about a year. We still have to deal with "the state" because lead poisoning is a reportable thing. They came to our house to take samples and test everything. Our house is lead free. We figured out that she had gotten the lead while she was visiting my parents MONTHS before she was tested so she had a long time exposure. She'll probably have an elevated lead level for a long time. It's still above the normal OK level. We think she is more hyperactive and ADHD like now which she wasn't like at all before this happened. We are really lucky that it turned out this way for us. She could have been seriously brain damaged or died from her high level.<br><br>
Definitely have lead levels checked even if you don't live in an at risk area.
 
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