Is tuna fish safe for my children?

Cara Natterson, MD Pediatrician & Author, shares advice for parents on whether tuna fish is safe for children to eat or not due to its possible mercury content
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Is tuna fish safe for my children?

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People are confused about tuna because there has been a lot of back and forth information. It is high in mercury. It is low in mercury. There are really different types of tuna to consider. Canned tuna, light tuna is probably very low in mercury and it is fine to eat. A whole lot of sushi grade tuna is probably not great in terms of trying to go with a truly low mercury diet. But the pieces of tuna you are getting in a sushi are not all being checked. So it is not as straightforward an answer as most parents would like. My rule is to keep your tuna in liberation. I would say probably say once every couple of weeks is about all I would do for tuna that is sushi grade.

Cara Natterson, MD Pediatrician & Author, shares advice for parents on whether tuna fish is safe for children to eat or not due to its possible mercury content

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Cara Natterson, MD

Pediatrician & Author

Cara Natterson, MD has treated thousands of children and guided their parents as well. She was a partner at Tenth Street Pediatrics in Santa Monica, California, a large group practice serving infants, children and teenagers. She now runs Worry Proof Consulting, the first of its kind pediatric practice that offers parents open-ended time to review everything from medical questions and biology basics to child development and parenting issues. Cara is also the author of several books on parenting and child health. She has a unique ability to translate cutting edge research into understandable terms for parents and their kids. More recently, Cara’s consulting has extended beyond individual families to include fortune 500 companies seeking expert advice on safety issues, child health, and crisis management.

Cara has appeared on television, in print, and on the web. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and she trained in pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco. Cara is a Board certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. And anyone who knows her knows that Cara is, by nature, one of the most risk-averse people on earth. She lives in California with her husband and two children.

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