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(HealthDay News) -- Exposure to lead among children can cause lifelong learning disabilities and behavioral problems.
To help protect your family, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests:
If your home was built before 1978, getting it tested for lead.
If you're doing repairs, making sure the work is done properly to prevent release of lead dust.
Preventing children from playing near old, peeling or chipping paint.
Covering dirt near an older home with grass or mulch.
Requiring children to wash hands regularly, especially before eating.
Dusting and mopping frequently.
Removing your shoes before you come inside.
Using only cold water for drinking, cooking or mixing baby formula.
Feeding kids a nutritious, balanced diet, which can help them absorb less lead.
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