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Nutrition and Lead Exposure

Regular well-balanced meals are important for adequate growth and development in all children. While recent research indicates that additions to an age-appropriate diet may not help lower blood lead levels, there is evidence that adequate iron intake can decrease lead absorption. Iron deficiency, like lead, can also have effects on children's development. Families of children with lead poisoning that are income eligible can receive nutritional support from WIC.

Managing Elevated Blood Lead Levels Among Young Children (Exit DHS) Chapter 4 describes the research about the effects of dietary components on childhood lead poisoning.

Wisconsin Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program Clinic Locations Children at risk for a poor diet and whose family is income eligible can receive education and support for improving or maintaining nutritional status.

Recommendations to Prevent and Control Iron Deficiency in the United States Vol 47, No RR03;1 04/03/1998 (Exit DHS) In children, iron deficiency causes developmental delays and behavioral disturbances, and in pregnant women, it increases the risk for a pre-term delivery and delivering a low-birthweight baby.

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