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.
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.
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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