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lead poisoning

Lead poisoning can result from being ingested 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.


  • 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.


  • If you suspect lead poisoning, call the Poison Control Center for advice.


  • Eliminate the source of lead from your child's environment by using the prevention tips to the left.

Call Poison Control


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.

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