Last Updated: February 20, 2019
Lead: Ages 1 and 2
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Big idea: North Carolina recommends that all children get a blood lead test at age 1 and again at age 2.
Some North Carolina children have special requirements for testing.
- For example, children enrolled in Medicaid, Health Choice and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs – are required to get a blood lead test at age 1 and again at age 2.
- Children in these programs who miss the 1 and 2 year old testing window, should be tested between 3 and 6 years old.
- There are some special populations of children in North Carolina – children who are refugees or children adopted internationally, for example – who have special lead testing guidelines.
CDC: Preventing Lead Poisoning in Young Children
NC Childhood Lead Testing and Follow-Up Manual