What are some simple steps to protect my child from lead poisoning?
  • Wash your child’s hands and face frequently, especially before eating.
  • Wash toys, countertops and windowsills and wet mop floors weekly with an all-purpose detergent.
  • Don’t consume imported foods that come in cans with wide seams. 
  • Avoid giving children imported candy, chapulines or snacks containing chili or tamarind.
  • Feed your child regular meals with a diet high in calcium, iron, and vitamin C and low in fat. See the section below on healthy diet.
  • Clean up paint chips and peeling paint safely. Nevada County Environmental Health Department can give you information on safe cleaning.
  • Keep furniture away from damaged paint. Pay special attention to keeping cribs, beds, highchairs, and playpens away from damaged paint.
  • Allow cold water to run for a few minutes in the morning before using it for drinking, cooking, or mixing formula in case there may be lead in your household pipes. Use only cold water from the tap for drinking or in food preparation. You can get your water tested at an approved accredited laboratory.
  • Avoid using handmade, older, imported dishes or crystal for food or drink preparation, storage, or serving, unless you are sure they do not contain lead.
  • Avoid using remedies or cosmetics that contain lead.
  • Take off your shoes before entering the house. (Wipe shoes off - this will help prevent lead dust and soil from getting into your house.)
  • Don’t let your child play in areas where bare soil is exposed.
  • Vacuum carpets frequently to reduce household dust, using a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
  • Change out of work clothes before entering the house or being in contact with family members. If you work with lead at your job or hobby, take a shower at your workplace, if possible. Otherwise, shower and remove clothing immediately upon returning home. Handle clothing carefully and wash separately.
  • When moving into a home, ask the owner about any problems with lead and know the age of the building.
  • Before remodeling, ask a trained professional to test the paint in your house. If lead is in the paint, learn how to handle it safely. Brochures are available.

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1. What is lead poisoning?
2. Remodeling a home built prior to 1978?
3. How can I have my home tested for lead?
4. What are common sources of lead?
5. Who should worry about lead poisoning?
6. How does lead harm a child?
7. How do I know if my child has lead poisoning?
8. Can lead poisoning be treated?
9. What are some simple steps to protect my child from lead poisoning?
10. How can healthy foods protect my child from lead poisoning?
11. Reporting a lead hazard?