Preparing for your appointment

If you think you or your child has been exposed to lead, see your doctor or contact your local public health department. A blood test can help determine blood lead levels.

Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.

What you can do

Make a list of:

  • Symptoms or behavior changes you've noticed
  • Key personal information, including where you live and whether you or your child has been close to any sources of lead
  • All medications, vitamins or supplements you or your child takes, including doses
  • Questions to ask your doctor

For lead poisoning, basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What's likely causing these symptoms?
  • What tests are needed?
  • Is this condition likely temporary or chronic?
  • What's the best course of action?
  • Are there brochures or other printed material I can have? What websites do you recommend?

Don't hesitate to ask other questions.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you questions, including:

  • Have you recently moved to a different home or changed schools?
  • When was your house built? Are you renovating?
  • Do you have a new job that might expose you to lead?
  • Does your child have a sibling or playmate who has had lead poisoning?