Environmental Dangers: What You Should Know

How dangerous is lead?

A. The lead paint on the recalled toys can be dangerous if a child puts a toy in her mouth and swallows a paint chip -- and kids under 5 are likely to put things in their mouth. If you're concerned that your child has been exposed to one of the toys that's been recalled, you should make sure that her doctor gives her a blood test, which the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends doing anyway at 12 months and again at 24 months.

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