Lead Poisoning Prevention Tips
Keep It Clean
Reducing exposures to lead in the environment can help prevent poisoning. Regularly cleaning items that could be contaminated with lead can reduce the amount of lead in and around the home. Controlling lead dust, washing hands, and house cleaning can help reduce exposures to lead. To Keep It Clean:
Wash your child's hands frequently, especially before eating and sleeping.
Wash toys, pacifier, and other items they might put in their mouth.
Wet wipe down horizontal surfaces routinely to clean up lead dust.
Pick up paint chips on floor and near window sills.
Make Your Home Lead Safe
Most cases of lead poisoning in Nebraska are due to lead inside and around a house. To make sure your home is lead safe, you need to find and identify any potential lead hazards in and around your home.
See Sources of Lead
to help you find places where there might be lead in your child's environment.
Before remodeling a home built before 1978, have your home tested for lead.
Do not fix lead-based paint hazards until you know how to do it safely.
Do not dry scrape, sand, power wash, or sand blast lead paint.
Have your child regularly visit a health care provider to help prevent lead poisoning. A doctor can help find out if your child is at risk, if your child needs a blood test, and if your child has certain nutritional needs.
- If your child is at risk or if you are concerned about lead in your home, ask your child's doctor about blood lead testing.
- If your child lives in Douglas County, he or she may be eligible for a free blood test. Contact the Douglas County Health Department at 402-444-7825 for more information.
- If your child is lead poisoned, have them tested regularly to make sure lead levels are not increasing.
- See Common Lead Poisoning Questions to learn about how children are at risk for lead poisoning.
Nutrition can play a pivotal role in preventing childhood lead poisoning. Good nutrition helps reduce the amount of lead that is absorbed in the body. A child's body requires certain minerals, and children whose diet is deficient in these nutrients can make lead poisoning worse. Parents should ensure children eat: