Medicine to remove lead from the body has its own risks and therefore is not prescribed until blood lead levels are greater than 45 micrograms per deciliter. Low levels of lead will be removed from the body over time (through the urine and stool).
Regardless of your child’s lead level, you should speak with your child’s health care provider to have your child further evaluated if he or she does not seem to be developing normally.
There are activities you can do with your child that will stimulate his or her brain as it is developing and may counteract the possible damage caused by lead. These activities include:
- Being engaged in your child’s school activities. Discuss assignments, field trips, etc.
- Making sure your child goes to preschool.
- Reading to your child and promoting reading in your home.
- Talking with your child and asking him or her questions. Listen and respond to their answers.