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Vitamin D Deficiency

It’s ok to dress up as Dracula tomorrow, but don’t forget to maintain those vitamin D levels.

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that helps us absorb the calcium in our food, and aids in bone growth and strength, heart health, cancer prevention, and immunity.

One in 10 children within the United States has low vitamin D levels.

In children, untreated vitamin D can lead to brittle bones, bone deformities, and an increased risk of fractures.

Who is at risk?
  • children with underlying chronic diseases

  • children consuming inadequate nutrient-dense foods

  • breastfed babies

  • those with dark-pigmented skin

Where do we get vitamin D from?
  • sunshine - our (amazing) bodies make vitamin D when we are outside and exposed to sunlight. BUT, we also need to wear sunscreen to prevent skin cancer, so this is likely not enough

  • diet- fish and vitamin D fortified foods and formulas are great to include in your/your child’s diet

  • supplements- many of us (including children) may need to take a vitamin D supplement. Breastmilk has very little vitamin D in it, so infants that are exclusively breastfed also need supplementation

Don’t be a ghoul- chat with your child’s provider about vitamin D the next time you’re at the office!

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