- Have children wash their hands often with soap and water.
- Supervise children to ensure they do not accidentally touch, breathe, or swallow any sources of lead (example: toys, paint, contaminated food).
- Get rid of any recalled toys. Stay up-to-date on current recalls by visiting the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website.
- Certain spices made in other countries may contain lead. Check FDA product recalls and safety alerts.
Follow a Nutritious Diet
- Eat a nutritious diet containing iron, calcium, vitamins, and minerals to help your body absorb less lead. Examples include but are not limited to:
- Beans and lentils.
- Citrus fruits (example: grapefruit, lemon, oranges).
- Green leafy vegetables (example: kale, spinach, turnip).
- Milk and milk products (example: cheese, soy milk, yogurt).
- Other iron or calcium-fortified products like breakfast cereals.
Practice Proper Hygiene
- Wash hands often with soap and water.
- Rinse fruits and vegetables with water before eating.
- Clean toys with soap and water before giving them to children.
- Vacuum, dust, and wash surfaces and windowsills often to remove any sources of lead in your home.
- If your work or workplace involves handling lead or lead products (example: paint, repair/renovation, recycling), always follow safe work practices. Change work clothes before entering your home.
If you have questions on lead poisoning, call our Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.