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Health Tip: Limit Lead Exposure for Kids
Try to stay elsewhere if your older home is being remodeled

By Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) -- Lead poisoning can lead to behavioral problems, hearing problems, kidney damage and lowered IQs in children, so it's important for kids to avoid any sources of lead.

The University of Michigan Health System offers this advice, especially for people with older homes that may contain lead-based paint:

  • If you're having your home remodeled, involve professionals who can take precautions against lead hazards. If possible, keep your family out of the home during the remodeling.
  • Avoid burning, sanding, scraping or burning painted wood.
  • Use a steam cleaner with a HEPA filter to clean rugs and carpets. Wipe down hard surfaces (including toys and windowsills) with warm, soapy water at least once weekly.
  • Frequently dust your home.
  • Make sure children don't put fingers, pacifiers, toys or other objects in their mouths after they have been on the floor.
  • Wash children's hands frequently, especially before eating and sleeping.

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