Medical Evaluation and
Even if you have a regular family doctor, he or she might refer you to a lead poisoning program if your child has an elevated blood lead level. Or after assessing your doctor's knowledge in this area, you may choose to look for the kind of expertise you would find in a specialized practice. Not every pediatrician is equally informed about and experienced in treating lead poisoning. You might find another medical practitioner, such as a nurse practitioner (NP), a physician's assistant (PA), or a doctor of osteopathy (DO), who has the requisite knowledge. Ask about his or her experience with lead poisoning and discuss the concepts contained in this book to get a good idea of the individual's knowledge.
One of the most reliable places to find a good lead poisoning clinic is at an academic hospital, one associated with a medical school or university. Your local board of health might be able to make a recommendation for you. Other people who deal with lead-poisoned children, such as attorneys or social workers, might also be helpful.
If you are unable to find an experienced clinician in the area, or if you simply prefer staying with a pediatrician you are familiar and comfortable with, even though he or she does