Blood Lead Levels in Children

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HHS Non-Systematic Review

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Last Reviewed: April 2021

This resource is an evidence-based guide for understanding lead exposure in children. It recommends that children get a blood lead test if they may have been exposed. The guide provides information on:

  • Tests used for blood lead levels
  • Treatments for elevated blood levels
  • The blood lead reference value — standard for determining high blood lead levels
  • Blood lead exposure prevention
  • Additional Resources
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health, Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice. (2021). Blood lead levels in children. Retrieved from