I check the labels on my kids’ lunchboxes and toys. Want to know why? The dangers of lead might feel like old news, but it’s still a very real threat. Lead is a dangerous metal that can cause serious learning and behavior problems in children and problems during pregnancy. People with lead poisoning usually don’t look or feel sick. Lead can be found in old paint and in some products from other countries. Here are a few things to look out for to protect yourself and your little ones from lead. Lead paint was banned in New York City, but some buildings may still have lead in the older layers of paint. If you notice peeling paint in your home, talk to your landlord immediately. If your landlord doesn’t act quickly, report the peeling paint to 3-1-1. Health remedies, foods, spices, pottery, cosmetics, toys and jewelry from certain countries may contain lead. Use with caution. If the paint on a toy cracks, throw it out. It’s not worth risking exposing your child to lead. Safe lunch boxes are labeled ‘lead free.’ Be sure to check for this label before you buy your little one a lunch box. Remind your doctor to test your one or two-year-old for lead poisoning. Lead your family away from lead. For more New York Parenting Minutes, go to wnet.org/education.