Current Screening Recommendations

"Current minimum testing guidelines recommended by IDPH, CDC, AAP, WIC and other child health organizations require blood testing at a minimum of 12 and 24 months of age. A child's prime growth and development stages occur between 12 and 36 months of age. These are also years where a child is increasingly more active and curious about the environment where they live and play."


It's important to get a baseline test at 12 months and follow up per recommendations to identify any elevated blood lead levels and reduce exposures before levels become too high.

Mandatory Testing

Iowa is a mandatory blood lead testing state. As of July 1, 2008 all children entering kindergarten are required to have at least one blood lead test.

To view Iowa Administrative Code 641 Chapter 67 "Blood Lead Testing" Click Here