Lead poisoning can result from being injested or inhaled. Doing so can hamper a child's development, or damage their kidneys and nervous system. It is important to minimize the risks in your child's environment to protect them from this toxic substance.
The Poison Control Center is a poisoning emergency information service staffed by nurses, pharmacists and doctors. They will answer your questions about what to do in the event of a poisoning, and can offer suggestions for the proper use and storage of pharmaceuticals and chemicals in the home.
All calls are free and completely confidential.
If you suspect lead poisoning, call the Poison Control Center for advice.
Eliminate the souce of lead from your child's environment by using the prevention tips to the left.
Eliminate peeling paint on walls, doors, cribs and exterior surfaces. Lead-based paint is the primary source of lead contamination.
Encourage regular handwashing, especially before meals and after outdoor play. Wash toys regularly as well.
Damp dust and wet mop floors and window sills to keep dust to a minimum.
Have your water tested and replace lead pipes with PVC or copper.
Never use imported pottery or lead glassware, which can leech lead into food or fluids.
Keep children away from home renovation activities.
Provide a well-balanced diet high in iron and calcium and encourage healthy snacks between meals.