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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
Your child's physician can test your child's blood levels for lead. The tests are inexpensive or, in some cases, free. Your child's physician will explain the test results to you and recommend treatment.
If you think your home has high levels of lead:
have young children tested for lead, even if they seem healthy
make sure your entire family washes their hands before eating and going to bed
wash your child's bottles, pacifiers and toys often
make sure your child eats healthful foods with adequate iron and calcium (minerals which can help decrease lead absorption)
have your home checked for lead hazards, including water faucets
clean floors, windowsills and other surfaces with soapy water often
wipe soil off shoes before entering the house
talk with your landlord about fixing surfaces with peeling or chipping paint
take precautions to avoid exposure to lead dust when remodeling or renovating (call 1-800-424-LEAD for guidelines)
don't use a belt-sander, propane torch, dry scraper or dry sandpaper on painted surfaces that may contain lead
don't try to remove lead-based paint yourself (have it professionally removed).
Lead is also harmful to adults, who may suffer from:
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