When Mattel recalled millions of toys because of lead paint, the threat of lead poisoning officially entered the national consciousness. Exposure to lead can cause irreversible damage to children including learning disorders, hyperactivity, and serious health problems. CDC estimates claim 300,000 children in the U.S. have dangerously high lead levels. Consumer Reports has recently released a report for parents explaining how to reduce exposure to lead. Broadly speaking, there are five steps that include taking inventory, cleaning up, buying smart, finding substitutes, and getting tested. You can read more detailed steps on their website. It is simple to purchase lead test kits at the hardware store that you swipe over the surface of a toy, wall, molding, or piece of furniture to check for lead. Keep in mind, it is important to avoid vintage toys that may have been painted with lead-based paint. Parents can also opt to have a trained professional test their home for lead by calling 800-424-LEAD.

Five Things Parents Can Do To Avoid Lead Poisoning