Vitamin D for Children

 
What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is a nutrient that helps the body take in calcium from the foods that we eat. Together, calcium and vitamin D build bones and keep them strong. Vitamin D also plays a part in heart health and fighting infection.
Why Do Kids Need Vitamin D?
Kids need vitamin D to build strong bones. Vitamin D also helps bones heal after an injury or surgery.
 
Who's at Risk for Vitamin D Deficiency?
  • Children whose skin is rarely exposed to the sun e.g. those who stay inside or who wear covering clothing.
  • Kids with dark skin, because the pigment, or melanin, in darker skin blocks the sun, vitamin D is not effectively produced. When a kid with darker skin is in the sun for the same amount of time as a kid with lighter skin, the one with darker skin makes less vitamin D. This puts kids with African, Latino, Asian, and Middle Eastern backgrounds at risk.
  • Babies who are only breastfed, Breastfeeding is wonderful for babies. But one thing that breast milk does not have enough of is vitamin D. Babies who are mostly drinking breast milk should be given a vitamin D supplement.
  • Kids with certain health conditions such as Obesity, Bone Surgery & health diseases like liver and kidney problems
Sigs of low vitamin D in children:
  • Fatigue.
  • Bone pain.
  • Muscle weakness, muscle aches, or muscle cramps.
  • Mood changes, like depression.
 
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