Testing your children
Children ages 9 months through 5 years are at greatest risk for lead poisoning. Most children with lead poisoning don't look or act sick. Ask your doctor to do a blood lead test, and to explain the results to you. This test is the only sure way to know if your child is being poisoned. Most kids will have a blood lead level of less than 1 0 pg/dL.
If you have Medi-Cal, your regular doctor or clinic can order the blood tests to check for lead poisoning, if appropriate, Many private health insurance policies will also cover the cost of the test, Whether or not your family has insurance, your children may qualify for free health examinations through your local Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) program. To find out if your child is eligible for CHDP testing, call your local health department.
DANGER!! THESE HOME REMEDIES ALSO CONTAIN LEAD AND CAN MAKE YOU VERY SICK
Pay-loo-ah: a red powder given for rash or fever.
Asian Indian community:
Ghasard: a brown powder given as an aid to digestion
Bala Goli: a round, flat, black bean dissolved in 'gripe water" and used for stomachache
Kandu: a red powder used to treat stomachache.
Arab American community:
Kohl (Alkohl): a powder used both as a cosmetic eye make-up and applied to skin infections and the navel of a newborn child.
Reprinted with permission from the California Department of Health Services and the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch.