Lead may be in the paint, metal and plastic parts of jewelry, amulets and toys. Lead can be swallowed when these objects are placed in the mouth. Younger children are especially at risk for poisoning because they often put objects in their mouths.
Jewelry for both children and adults have been found to contain high levels of lead.
In some cultures, it is a custom to give children amulets (sheesha, tabiz or other metal charms), necklaces or bracelets for various reasons, including for speech therapy, good luck or protection. These objects can contain high levels of lead.
The metal or painted parts of some toys may contain lead. For more information and tips about toy safety:
To reduce the risk of lead exposure from these products: