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The latest statistics from the Centers from Disease Control (CDC) is that more than 300,000 children in the U.S. are affected by damaging levels of lead in their systems.

The most affected are children under 6 years of age. A sad story in The Tampa Tribune tells of Noah, a 4-year-old boy who was recently diagnosed with lead poisoning after an original diagnosis of autism due to his symptoms.

The article offers several tips for parents who want to keep their children safe from lead poisoning:

Inventory. Weed out the suspicious toys in your home. Web sites such as offer lists of recalled items.

Clean up. Keep the floors and other surfaces wiped and dust-free. Wash hands and toys often. Store toys in clean places, rather than on the floor.

Buy smart. Do your research and don’t buy suspicious products, such as those without brand names, cheap jewelry and thrift store items.

Get tested. Pediatricians can offer lead tests for children.

For more information on this subject matter, please refer to the section on Defective and Dangerous Products.

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