PEHSU Factsheet: Heavy Metals in Baby Foods and Fruit Juices > My child has eaten some of the products that contain metals. Should I have my child tested for heavy metals?
posted on Mar 21, 2022
- No, testing for heavy metals is not recommended for children based on baby food consumption. If you are worried about heavy metals in baby food, talk with your doctor.
- Because of possible lead hazards in the home, health care providers ask about lead during check-ups for young children:
- Your health care provider will ask about lead risk factors during check-ups for
children 6 months to 6 years of age (for example, age of home, condition of paint).
- Children should be tested for lead exposure with a blood lead test at both their 1-and 2-year-old check-ups (older children may need lead testing if risk factors are identified through screening questions).10
- Speak to your provider if you are concerned that your child has been exposed to high levels of lead through a non-baby food source such as worn-down lead paint.
- The most important step is to reduce exposure to heavy metals from common sources.