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Why is iron important in reducing lead uptake?

Low iron stores can lead to increased uptake of lead in your body. Low iron during pregnancy can lead to low iron in your baby. Protecting pregnant women and children is important for the health of the community. THEP and their partners work together to reduce lead in the community, and in your home environment. Still, there is potential for lead exposure from our environment (in dust, soil, and air). Offering an iron-rich diet from six months of age is one way to potentially decrease a child’s uptake of lead.

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