Studies show that lead inhibits Ca²⁺ATPase in the brain, red blood cells and skeletal muscles.
Purchase and use a water filter
A simple drugstore-purchased water filter such as PUR will filter out most lead.
If your house was built before 1978, have paint tested for lead.
Get rid of all toys manufactured before 2008.
Alternatively keep favorites but do not let young children play with them. (Or have them tested for lead.)
Avoid purchasing toys and jewelry at discount stores or vending machines.
They do not go through the same stringent screening process as big box stores.
Do not allow young children to play with jewelry.
Also, do not let children suck on zippers or buttons of clothes.
Keep abreast of new product recalls for excessive lead.
Visit https://cpsc.gov to learn more.
Speak up if you notice potential hazards throughout your community.
For example, if you notice peeling paint on school or neighborhood playground, say something. In the meantime, don’t let your kids play on it. Old playground equipment such as swing sets may have several layers of paint which can peel back to expose original lead paint. Studies have shown that soil underneath such play equipment may be contaminated with lead.
Make it your business to have lead levels checked in water and paint at schools.
If your child attends school in and older building, it may have lead paint or lead pipes.