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Health Tip: Checking Your Child's Toys for Lead

Protect against lead poisoning

(HealthDay News) -- Lead in toys and other sources can cause significant developmental problems in children.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests:

  • Using caution with toys that are made of metal and plastic.
  • Being leery of imported toys, toy jewelry and antique toys.
  • Signing up for Consumer Product Safety Commission recall alerts to notify you if a toy is found to contain lead.
  • Removing any toy that you suspect may contain lead.
  • Talking to a pediatrician about having your child's blood tested for lead, if you suspect exposure.
  • Making sure that if your child plays with toy jewelry, she does not put it in her mouth.

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