Every zip code in Toledo is considered high risk for lead under the Ohio Department of Health’s requirements. That means every child should be tested for lead poisoning at ages 1 and 2. Medicaid and most private insurances cover the cost of these tests. Any child ages 3-6 that has not previously been tested must be tested as well. This is Ohio law.
If you answer yes to any of these questions, please call your doctor today to have your child tested. You can also receive testing at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.
1. Is the child on Medicaid?
2. Does the child live in a high zip code?
3. Does the child live in or regularly visit a home, child care facility or school built before 1950?
4. Does the child live in or regularly visit a home, child care facility or school built before 1978 that has deteriorated paint?
5. Does the child live in or regularly visit a home built before 1978 with recent ongoing or planned renovation/remodeling?
6. Does the child have a sibling or playmate that has or did have lead poisoning?
7. Does the child frequently come in contact with an adult who has a hobby or works with lead? Examples are construction, welding, pottery, painting and casting ammunition.
8. Does the child live near an active or former lead smelter, battery recycling plant or other industry known to generate airborne lead dust?