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What if my child's blood lead level is high?

If your child has a high blood lead level, it is important to make sure you:

  • Keep appointments with your child's doctor for follow-up blood lead tests.
  • Keep your child away from lead hazards. Call your local health department or the IDOH Lead and Healthy Homes Division for help with questions.
  • Feed your child healthy meals and snacks. Foods high in iron, calcium, and vitamin C are especially important. See Fight Lead Poisoning With A Healthy Diet.
  • Provide a variety of activities, such as Head Start or preschools, play groups, or summer camps for your child. Enrich your child with age appropriate toys, games, and books.
  • If you think your child may have problems with learning, with their behavior or meeting their developmental milestones, talk to your child’s health care provider. Your child can be evaluated to see if they need additional resources and help with learning or other developmental or behavioral problems.