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 this 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.
For more information about lead in soil, and making your garden safer, call your local health department.
Reprinted with permission from the California Department of Health Services and the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch.