Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Sinlo | 2012/10/27

Q.

Baby given costume jewelery to suck -lead exposure

A relative gave my baby a piece of costume jewelery to suck. I understand that there is a high level of lead in these things, and I stopped it as soon as I noticed, but they insisted it was " harmless" . Should I take baby for blood lead test or is that overkill? How does one arrange such a test?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It is certainly possible that some costume jewelery may contain lead. It would be best to test your baby just to be on the safe side. The test is called a 'serum lead level'. This test can be done at a pathology laboratory. Your GP can fill in the form for the test.

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