Health Tip: Checking Your Child's Toys for Lead

Protect against lead poisoning

Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. And "More information" links may no longer work. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional.

(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.


Last Updated: