Lead Poisoning in Children - Part II: Risk Assessment Guidelines

Lead Poisoning in Children: Early Detection, Intervention and Prevention

Part II: Risk Assessment Guidelines for Lead Exposure

The American Academy of Pediatrics' Bright Futures recommends that a risk assessment for lead exposure be performed at the 6m, 9m, 18m, 3y, 4y, 5y and 6y well child exams (with appropriate action to follow, if positive) in addition to the BLL screening at 12 and at 24 months and one BLL screening test if there is no documented screening test from age 3 years to 6 years.

View Bright Futures lead screening periodicity schedule (PDF)

Children's Risk Factors for EBLLs

  • Any parent or caregiver's concern about lead exposure
  • Recent move to Minnesota from a foreign country or major metropolitan area
  • Live within the city limits of St. Paul or Minneapolis
  • Are enrolled in MA, MinnesotaCare, Head Start or WIC programs
  • Have lived in or regularly visited a home built before 1950
  • Have lived in or regularly visited a home built before 1974 in which there has been remodeling, repair, or damage (water damage or chipped paint)
  • Have a brother or sister, playmate or housemate who has been diagnosed as having EBLL


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