3 Tips to Prevent Lead Poisoning in Kids

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Hi, I'm Dr. Tanya Altmann, with tips to help your kids stay safe from lead poisoning. Lead contamination can come from dust, from lead paint, metal jewelry and even kid's paint sets. Prolonged lead exposure can reduce IQ, slow growth, increase the risk of behavior and attention problems and kidney and hearing disorders.

Lead poisoning can be a problem, especially for kids six years old or younger, but it's preventable. Here's what you can do to keep your child safe. Minimize exposure to lead in soil. Do you have a garden? Make the soil 30% compost to reduce the potential exposure of lead. A sand box is a safer choice for kids to play in.

Minimize exposure from paints. About 42 million US homes have lead paints. talk to your local health department about testing paint and dust from your home for lead. Check anywhere there's peeling or cracking paints. If you discover contaminated paint call the National Lead Information Center for advise on safe removal.

Minimize lead exposure from toys, be aware of imported toys for young kids. Check the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's website for all recalled toys. For more ways to protect your kids health, watch all our smart tips right here.