Detecting Low Lead Levels in Children Proves Difficult for Labs

In a recent article published in the Journal of Pediatrics entitled, Measurement Challenges at Low Blood Lead Levels, Journal of Pediatrics, July, 2017, it was noted that there are measurement challenges which may result in under-reporting of blood lead levels in children with relatively modest blood lead levels.

The relevance of such finding to parents and family of inner-city children is significant. Very often, met with the challenges of raising young children in old and dilapidated housing, parents must be vigilant that health care providers are utilizing laboratories that have access to and utilize up to date detection methods. Current studies indicate that there is no safe level of lead and that even very low levels cause damage to children including neuro-cognitive damages thus highlighting the importance of proper and accurate screening and vigilance.

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