Good nutrition to prevent lead poisoning (1976)

Key points below

Food and good nutrition

Where is lead found?

Why is lead poisoning dangerous?

Lead poisoning can cause sleep, learning and behavior problems in children. High levels of lead can cause serious damage and disability. 

What can I do to reduce my child’s risk for lead poisoning?

Tips for preparing food safely

Why is it important to make good food choices?

The food that your child eats can make a difference in how much lead gets into their blood. Choose foods that help protect your child from lead poisoning. Serve as many fresh and frozen foods as you can. Focus on serving foods that have lots of iron, calcium, and vitamin C.

Good sources of iron:

Foods high in calcium:

Foods high in vitamin C:

Other recommendations

For other health and wellness information, check out this resource:


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.  
Call the Wisconsin Poison Center any time of the day or night for more information: 1-800-222-1222.