Regularly Eat Healthy Foods

Children with empty stomachs absorb more lead than children with full stomachs. Provide your child with four to six small meals during the day. The following nutrients can help protect your child from lead poisoning:

Iron-Rich Foods

Normal levels of iron work to protect the body from the harmful effects of lead. Good sources of dietary iron include:

  • Dried Fruits (Raisins, Prunes)
  • Iron-Fortified Cereals
  • Lean Red Meats, Fish, and Chicken
Fight Lead Poisoning With a Healthy Diet

Source: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Fight Lead Poisoning with a Healthy Diet

Calcium-Rich Foods

Calcium reduces lead absorption and also helps make teeth and bones strong. Good sources of dietary calcium include:

  • Cheese
  • Green Leafy Vegetables (Spinach, Kale, Collard Greens)
  • Milk
  • Yogurt

Vitamin C-Rich Foods

Vitamin C and iron-rich foods work together to reduce lead absorption. Good sources of vitamin C include:

  • Grapefruits, Grapefruit Juice
  • Green Peppers
  • Oranges, Orange Juice
  • Tomatoes, Tomato Juice

If your children are 5 years old or younger, see if you qualify for Women, Infant, and Children (WIC).