Lead Testing On the Rise

By Jessica Toumani

June 18, 2010 Updated Aug 10, 2007 at 5:54 PM EDT

Several families lined the walls of the Allen County Health Department today to get their kids checked for lead poisoning.

A Fisher Price toy recall last week has put many parents on alert.

The Allen County Health Department has seen a jump in the number of children getting screened for lead poisoning since the recall.

Lead can be toxic if ingested, especially for children.

It can lead to a lower IQ, behavior problems, even learning disabilities.
This free screening is a blood test, takes about two minutes and is as easy as a prick on a finger or a toe.

"The toy recall is something very important to me concerning kids, I have a three year old and six month old at home, also he was very good, very good, it's not that hard, so please get your child screened for their safety," says Jenny Esquivel, a concerned mother.

Unfortunately, results are not available for four weeks because the blood samples must be sent to an Indianapolis lab.

Since there are such a wide range of symptoms, the Board of Health recommends all children from six months to six years be checked.

Below, a list of dates and times where your child can get a free lead poisoning screening:

Aug. 13th : Wellspring 4-7PM 1316 Broadway Rd.
Aug 14th: Parkview Clinic 10-noon 1818 Carew St.
Aug 15th: South Anthony Clinic 4-6PM 5717 S. Anthony Blvd.
Aug 16th: South Anthony Clinic 10-noon 5717 S. Anthony Blvd.
Aug 17th: Department of Health, 1 E. Main Street, 5th Floor

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