Determining Your Risk Level

If you answer YES to ANY of the following AT RISK questions your child is more likely to have an elevated blood lead level.


  1. Does your child live in or regularly visit a house or child care center built before 1978?
  2. Does your child have a sibling or playmate who has an elevated blood lead level?
  3. Does your child frequently come in contact with a person who works in an industry using lead, such as a battery factory, smelter or a radiator shop?
  4. Does your child frequently come in contact with a person who has has a hobby that uses lead, such as stained glass, fishing or reloading ammunition?
  5. Is your child a recent immigrant from a country where the use of lead in consumer products is not restricted?
  6. Is your child a member of a minority group?
  7. Is your child enrolled in Hoosier Healthwise (Medicaid)?
  8. Do you give your child traditional remedies that may contain lead, such as Arzacon or Greta?
  9. Have you exposed your child to traditional cosmetics that may contain lead such as kohl?


The only sure way to know if your child has an elevated blood lead level is to have a blood test.

Often there are no immediately recognizable effects of an elevated blood lead level. In acute cases the following signs may appear.



Sleep problems





Difficulty concentrating



Hyperactivity (children)


  Wrist or foot drop



Joint and muscle pain


Loss of Appetite

Stomach aches


Metal taste in mouth

Problems having healthy children