Preventing Lead Poisoning

  • Nutrition - Serve foods high in iron, calcium and Vitamin C. Adequate intake of these nutrients minimizes lead absorption in children's bodies.
  • Housekeeping - Teach and practice healthy home habits, such as hand-washing before eating and sleeping, shoe removal, washing children's toys or other chewable surfaces, purchasing lead-free mini-blinds, and wet mopping and drying floors and surfaces. Hire a certified professional to safely remove lead sources from a home. Make sure children and pregnant women do not stay inside a home when renovations are underway.
  • Personal Care - Wash your hands and your children's hands frequently, especially before eating and sleeping.
Adapted from: The National Lead Information Center: 800-424-LEAD (5323).