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Lead Clinic

We provide screening diagnosis and treatment for children who may be suffering from lead poisoning. Our team includes a board-certified pediatrician, clinical nurse coordinator and specialists from clinical pharmacology/toxicology, nutrition, neuropsychology, social work and legal aid.

We have one focus: kids.

Long-term exposure to lead, a naturally occurring metal used in everything from construction materials to batteries, can cause serious health problems, particularly in young kids. Lead is toxic to everyone, but unborn babies and young children are at greatest risk for health problems from lead poisoning — their smaller, growing bodies make them more susceptible to absorbing and retaining lead.

Since symptoms from lead poisoning typically don't appear until dangerous amounts have built up in the blood, testing is mandated for all Medicaid patients at 12 and 24 months of age. For other children in Ohio under 6 years of age, the Ohio Department of Health developed blood lead testing requirements. 

Symptoms from lead poisoning range from headaches and stomach pain to behavioral problems and anemia (not enough healthy red blood cells). Lead can also affect a child's developing brain. Our neuropsychologist will assess your child's cognitive functioning and make recommendations for interventions if needed.

If lead ingestion is suspected, your child will undergo an abdominal X-ray and hemogram (complete blood count). We use outpatient chelation therapy to remove lead from your child's blood when levels are too high and the home environment is free of lead hazards. Children who have extremely high levels of lead may be admitted for IV chelation therapy.

Our social worker will help you access available resources, including assistance with removing lead from your home. A number of federal and state funds are available to remove lead from homes for low-income families. Your child's pediatrician can initiate a home assessment through the lead department of your county health department or the Ohio Department of Health.

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Locust Pediatric Care Group
Akron Children's Hospital Locust Pediatric Care Group, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Level 3
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-3731
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Our Doctors/Providers


Joel Davidson, MD, FAAP

General Pediatrician, Locust Pediatric Care Group; Associate Medical Director for Quality and PCMH, Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics; Physician Informatics; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Northeast Ohio Medical University


Erica Montague Krapf, PhD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

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Martha Blackford, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacologist/Toxicologist

Some of the Conditions We Treat...

lead poisoning

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