Health Tip: Limit Lead Exposure for Kids12/05/13
(HealthDay News) -- Lead poisoning can lead to behavioral
problems, hearing problems, kidney damage and lowered IQs in
children, so it's important for kids to avoid any sources of
The University of Michigan Health System offers this advice,
especially for people with older homes that may contain lead-based
- If you're having your home remodeled, involve professionals who
can take precautions against lead hazards. If possible, keep your
family out of the home during the remodeling.
- Avoid burning, sanding, scraping or burning painted wood.
- Use a steam cleaner with a HEPA filter to clean rugs and
carpets. Wipe down hard surfaces (including toys and windowsills)
with warm, soapy water at least once weekly.
- Frequently dust your home.
- Make sure children don't put fingers, pacifiers, toys or other
objects in their mouths after they have been on the floor.
- Wash children's hands frequently, especially before eating and
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