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Tested by age 2: For a lead-free future

Member news | Monday, August 24, 2020

What does lead poisoning look like?

That's a bit of a trick question. Lead poisoning often doesn't have symptoms you can see. That's why you should ask your child’s doctor to test your child, just in case. This test is covered by Santa Clara Family Health Plan.

Kids can be exposed to lead from things like peeling paint in old homes or aging water pipes. And lead can harm a child's growing brain. This can lead to learning and behavior problems or other health issues.

A simple blood test can detect lead in kids. Talk with your doctor about having your child tested at 1 and 2 years old—or later if they need a catch-up test.

Resources: learn more about lead

Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics; Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services