Tips for Prevention
Get Your Child Tested Every Year
Testing should begin at 9 months of age if your child is at high risk. For example: if the child lives in an older home built before 1978 that has peeling/chipped paint. This simple blood test may be done by your health care provider at your doctor’s office or a local health clinic.
Keep Your Home Clean
Dry sweeping should not be used in very dusty conditions. The best way to clean is with a spray bottle and a damp cloth or mop. Clean floors, window ledges and chewable surfaces at least 2 times a week with warm, soapy water of an all-purpose cleaner.
Teach Good Hand Washing
Make sure your children wash their hands as soon as they come in from outside and before meals, naps, or bedtime.
Let the Cold Water Run
Let the cold water run for 2 minutes before drinking it or using it for cooking. Do not use hot tap water for drinking, cooking, or making baby formula.
Eat Regular Healthy Meals
Make sure your child eats regular healthy meals. An empty stomach will absorb more lead. Feed your child foods high in iron and calcium to prevent lead absorption. Our Make Good Food Choices to Prevent Lead Poisoning flyer has more information.
Don’t Bring Lead Dust Into Your Home
If you work or have hobbies with exposure to lead such as construction, painting, industries dealing with copper/lead/wires, car radiators/batteries, or ceramics, change your clothes and wash-up before you come home.
Be Aware of Potential Sources of Lead
- Major sources of lead include: lead-based paint, dust/soil, water, caregivers job/hobbies, glazed pottery, car batteries.
- Keep children away from chipping or peeling paint.
- Wash toys and pacifiers often.
- Encourage children to play in the sand or grassy areas instead of the dirt.
For more information about what you can do to help make sure your child is lead-free, contact us by phone (334) 206-2966, email us, or visit Data and Publications.
Page last updated: March 22, 2017