Are there foods that can help reduce my child’s lead level?

Food doesn’t remove lead from your child’s body, but foods with calcium and iron can help your child absorb less lead from the environment.

Examples of foods high in calcium are milk, yogurt, cheese, and green leafy vegetables like spinach. Foods high in iron are meats, beans, peanut butter, broccoli, and iron-fortified cereals. Some sources of vitamin C, which helps increase absorption of iron, are citrus fruits (like oranges), red and green peppers, strawberries, and juice.

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1. Is lead really still a problem?
2. If I’m buying or renting a home built before 1978, should I ask whether lead testing has been done on the house?
3. What should I do if I find out my home has lead-based paint?
4. What can I do to protect my child from lead?
5. Are there foods that can help reduce my child’s lead level?
6. What are common sources of lead?
7. Where can I get my child’s blood tested for lead?
8. What should I do if lead was identified in my child’s blood?