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Indiana State Department of Health

Environmental Public Health Home > Lead & Healthy Homes Program > Is Your Child at Risk for Lead Poisoning? Is Your Child at Risk for Lead Poisoning?

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

  1. Does your child live in or regularly visit a house or child care center built before 1978?
  2. Does your child have a brother, sister or playmate who has been lead poisoned?
  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 like 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. Is your child ever treated with traditional remedies that may contain lead such as arzacon or greta?
  9. Is your child ever exposed to traditional cosmetics that may contain lead such as kohl?

The only sure way to know if your child is lead poisoned is to have a blood test.

Often there are no immediately recognizable effects of lead poisoning. In acute lead poisoning 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