Expert Advice: Parents can help limit lead absorbtion

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, examines a young patient. Photo: Courtesy Hurley Children's Center
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, examines a young patient. Photo courtesy Hurley Children’s Center

Parents can do things right now to limit the absorption of lead in their children’s bodies.

First, serving regular meals and plenty of snacks to help keep their stomachs full plays a big role in helping to limit lead absorption.

Pediatricians like Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, MSU’s and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative director, recommend giving them foods high in calcium, such as milk, yogurt, cheese and green, leafy vegetables.

Experts also suggest foods high in iron, including lean, red meats, beans, peanut butter, cereals, and foods containing vitamin C, such as oranges, green and red peppers and juice.

Calcium and vitamin C play a particularly important role in protecting children from the absorption of lead, says Hanna-Attisha, who recommends children eat plenty of these nutrient-rich foods and avoid empty stomachs.

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