*Don't use pesticides if you don't have to; look for alternatives.
*Have your child's blood lead level tested, especially if your child spends time in a house built before 1960.
*Don't smoke or let others smoke near your kids.
*Vary children's diets as much as possible while giving them plenty of fruits and vegetables. Consider buying organic foods if available.
*Pay attention to air pollution reports and limit children's outdoor activities on ozone alert days and other times when air pollution is bad.
*Learn about your local drinking water. Read your water system's Consumer Confidence Report, available from your water supplier.
*Ask your pediatric health care provider to take an environmental health history of your child.
*Work with your school, community recreation system and others to decrease their use of chemicals.
*Many schools are cutting back on pesticide use and are giving parents advance notice before applying pesticides.
*Tell your elected officials that you want government policies to specifically take children into account and that protect children's health.
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