Childhood lead poisoning is preventable, but it remains a difficult challenge because of the many sources of potential exposure in the environment. Lead is not always visible, and even a tiny amount consumed by a wandering child can be enough to be harmful. The key to prevention of childhood lead poisoning is to avoid having children come into contact with these sources of lead.
To avoid exposure to lead for your child [ health ed resources from CLPPPB ]:
- 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
- Test your home for lead, especially if it was built before 1978
- If you rent and suspect or discover the presence of lead in your apartment or home, notify your landlord as soon as possible
- Clean up paint chips and peeling paint safely
- Request a blood lead test at your child's 12 month and 24 month well-child visit.
Your local Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (located in counties and some cities) offers a variety of free services including educational materials on lead sources, nutrition and blood lead testing recommendations to help you become more informed about lead poisoning and lead poisoning prevention.
Local lead programs have people who can counsel you on how to prevent lead poisoning or to help your child and family if it has been identified.. These lead programs have public health nurses who will come to your home and provide care management services for children with high blood lead levels, including a health assessment, monitoring for blood lead levels, counseling, care and next steps.
For more information on preventing childhood lead poisoning visit:
CDPH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Branch
CDC Lead Information
National Center for Healthy Housing