Lead poisoning can hurt your child
Lead poisoning is a serious health problem
Lead poisoning can happen when your body absorbs too much lead by breathing it in or by swallowing something with lead in it, such as paint or food.
How can lead poisoning hurt my child?
Lead poisoning can cause the following:
- Slow learning and development.
- Damage to the brain, kidney and liver.
- Hearing loss.
- Trouble paying attention or sitting still.
- Anger issues and trouble getting along with others.
- Headaches and stomach aches.
- Lower birth weight.
- Even death.
How can I help stop my child from getting lead poisoning?
- Don’t buy toy metal jewelry for your child because lead can be found in painted toys and toy jewelry.
- Remove recalled toys from children. Stay up-to-date on recalls by visiting Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website at www.cpsc.gov.
- Regularly clean floors and other surfaces with a mop, sponge or vacuum. Use warm water and an all-purpose cleaner.
- Teach your children to wash their hands with soap and water before eating and after playing.
- Make sure children eat a small healthy meal four to six times a day. Serve foods that have calcium, iron and vitamin C.
- Use cold water for drinking, making baby formula, and cooking.
- Shower and change your clothes before coming home if you work in a place that can produce lead dust or dirt.
- Keep your work clothes separate from your family’s clothes.
- Wash your child’s toys often.
- Take off shoes when entering the house.
- Lead is sometimes in candies and candy wrappers imported from other countries or traditional medicines. Avoid eating candies imported from other countries.
- Talk to the landlord or local health department about getting the building tested for lead-based paint if you live in or regularly visit a building built before 1978.
- Renovate safely. Learn how to safely remove paint that is made with lead. Visit www.epa.gov/lead for more information.
- Check the Center for Disease Control’s website for toys that may be unsafe because of lead recalls: cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips/sources.htm.
Call Aetna Better Health of New Jersey Member Services at 1-855-232-3596 (TTY: 711), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
More information is available at the State of New Jersey’s Department of Health website: www.state.nj.us/health/childhoodlead/.