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How is lead poisoning detected in children?

During well-child visits, the healthcare provider will ask a series of questions to determine if the child is at risk for lead exposure. If the provider thinks the child has been exposed to lead, the provider will talk to the parent/guardian about getting the child a blood lead test.  

A blood lead test is the most common way to find out if a child has been exposed to lead and has a detectable blood lead level. Most children with detectable levels of lead in their blood have no obvious symptoms. 

Many private insurance policies cover the cost of testing for blood lead. Children covered by Medicaid are eligible for free testing.