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PEHSU Factsheet: Recommendations on Management of Childhood Lead Exposure > Iron Deficiency Screening

Iron Deficiency Screening

posted on Sep 21, 2021
  • Iron deficiency enhances absorption of ingested lead.
  • Hemoglobin is a lagging indicator of iron deficiency, and only 40% of children with anemia are iron deficient.
  • Lead-exposed children should be screened for iron-deficiency anemia.
  • Evidence suggests consuming regular, iron-rich, nutritious meals provides the most benefit for children. This should be considered before recommending nutritional supplementation to parents