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Lead Poisoning Prevention - What Can Parents Do?

Here are some guidelines for parents and guardians to reduce the risk of lead poisoning for children:

  • Have your doctor test your child for lead. MHD recommends three tests before the age of three. Find lead testing recommendations here . The goal is to have every child's blood lead level below 5 µg/dL. Find out what your child's lead level means and what actions result here.

  • Wash your child's hands. Especially before eating and after playing outside.

  • Wash you child's toys. Especially if they were outside or are covered in dust or dirt.

  • Avoid using traditional home remedies, cosmetics, and medicines. Traditional products are not regulated and often contain high amounts of lead.

  • Be cautious when using imported or handmade toys, jewelry, food, or ceramics. These substances are often linked to increased exposure to lead. If you are not sure a food or object is safe, do not use or give to your child.

  • Prevent lead from entering your home. Take off or wipe your shoes before entering your home. Shower, wash, and change your clothes and shoes before entering your home if you work with lead materials. Wash work clothes separately from other clothes and run an empty cycle after to flush the washing machine.

  • Clean your windows the right way. Window sills are where the highest concentrations of lead dust are found. Find information on safe window cleaning methods here.

  • Prevent any possible exposure to lead in water. Find information on drinking water safety here.

  • Feed your children the right foods. Healthy eating can actually help to reduce some of the lead in your child's body. Find information on the best things to eat here (In Spanish).

Ambushed at Home!

A Special Video on Childhood Lead Poisoning In Milwaukee

Ambushed at Home will give you information about how lead poisoning affects children in Milwaukee, and show you ways to keep your child from being lead poisoned.