Prevention Tips

General Tips
  • Keep your home as clean and dust-free as possible. The best way to clean up lead dust is to regularly wet mop your floors, wipe window ledges and wash all surfaces with water and household detergent
  • Wash your child’s hands often, especially before eating and sleeping. Also wash your child’s toys often. Lead dust can stick to hands and toys that children put in their mouths.

Food Tips
It is harder for lead to get into the blood when your child eats:
  • Regular meals and snacks
  • Foods high in calcium
  • Foods high in iron
  • Eating less fat may protect your child from lead poisoning too.

Healthy eating can help protect your child from lead poisoning.

Other Tips

  • Do not let your child chew on painted surfaces or eat paint chips. Lead from old paint is the most common cause of lead poisoning.
  • Encourage healthy eating habits. Eating regular and health meals may make it harder for lead to hurt your child. Meals should include fruits and vegetables as well as calcium-rich foods (milk, cheese, yogurt, corn tortillas, tofu, or bean curd,) and iron-rich foods (meat, chicken, iron-fortified cereals, raisins, and dried fruit.)
  • Never sand, burn, or scrape paint, unless you know that it does not contain lead.
  • Test painted surfaces for lead in any area that you plan to remodel, before you begin the work. If lead is in the paint, learn how to handle the paint safely.
  • Change out of your work clothes and take a shower before coming home from work, if you work with lead at your job. Lead dust brought home on the clothes of workers can spread in the house and poison children.
  • Do not use older, imported, or handmade dishes for serving, preparing, or storing food or drink unless you know it does not contain lead.
  • Avoid hobbies that use lead. Hobbies that use lead include soldering or making stained glass, bullets, or fishing sinkers.
  • Do not use home remedies or cosmetics that contain lead, These remedies often contain a lot of lead and can make children sick:
    • Azarcon
    • Greta
    • Pay-loo-ah
    • Alkohl
    • Kohl
  • Keep furniture away from damaged paint. Do not place cribs, playpens, beds, or high chairs next to areas where paint is chipping or peeling, or can be chewed.