Revista brasileira de crescimento e desenvolvimento humano
versão ISSN 0104-1282
MACHADO, Edna Helena da Silva; LEONE, Claudio e SZARFARC, Sophia Cornbluth. Iron deficiency and cognitive development. Rev. bras. crescimento desenvolv. hum. [online]. 2011, vol.21, n.2, pp. 368-373. ISSN 0104-1282.
It is universally accepted that anemia determined by iron deficiency leads to deleterious consequences for the cognitive development. However, it is difficult to quantify the role of anemia determined in conjunction with socio-economic-environmental factors. Even so, the control of anemia reduces a fraction of risk for cognitive underdevelopment and it means a positive advance in life quality. Considering the extended concept of health for the preservation of life with quality, the actions directed to health care should be incorporated into more comprehensive and intersectorial government program actions. This work aims to discuss the role of school in the overall development of the child, pointing out the compliance with iron nutritional requirements, aiming to prevent martial deficiency from being a limiting factor for the individual's social capacity.
Palavras-chave : cognitive development; iron deficiency anemia; iron requirement.