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My 7 yrs and 11 mths old son has been suffering from eczema, rhinitis and asthma for last 6+yrs. On 9th March 2017 his 25(OH)D3 was at 9.75. In addition to cortesone and sulbutamol sulphate he was for the first time in his treatment history, was prescribed Vit D3(60,000IU) 1 sachet ODx10days. But there after too he sustained attacks ( milder I think).This time his 25(OH)D3level was found to be lower at 8.25. Another spell of D3 supplement had to be prescribed 29th August 2017 with the same dosage. But still he had another attack 2 days ago i.e., 8th requiring administration of sulbutamol sulphate inhalation 4 times yesterday. I am aware that you are not going to medical advice .Still I would like to hear from you if any general advice you may offer. I would like to know if there is any minimum number of months or years that is required for long term result?However, I am going to consult the asthma doctor who is treating my child.But I want to know if long term D3 supplementation may be required for my son?

Asked by  Abhijitmedhi on October 8, 2017

  •  Abhijitmedhi on

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  •  IAW on

    Here is the “big picture”. Even is someone lives near the equator where Vitamin D from sunshine is “plentiful”, everyone is “inside” to go to work and school. Even if they go outside, enough skin has to be exposed in order to make enough Vitamin D. This means not just your arms and face. If you have a “dark” skin color it takes you twice to three times as long as someone with light skin to make enough Vitamin D. So MOST of the world is Vitamin D deficient!
    So the problem is the doctor is not recommending a “maintenance” dosage after the initial treatment. What people and doctors do not understand is that the human body uses a lot of Vitamin D each day and if it does not get “replenished”, then your level will fall again.
    So for children we recommend 1000iu for every 25lbs (12kg) of body weight a day. So if your child weighs 50lbs (24kg) then 2000iu a day. With a level as low as your child’s, you are risking “rickets”.
    So you either need to do one of the following. Your doctor needs to treat again with the high amounts and then you need to give the maintenance dosage after that of 2000iu a day. It is really better for you if you take a smaller amount “everyday” than huge amounts once a week. If you want to treat the deficit yourself, then I would double the 2000iu to 4000 or 5000iu for eight weeks. If possible then retest the child’s level to make sure it is 50ng/ml (125nmol/l) OR more. These are “healthy” levels. IF it is then decrease to 2000iu IF not then you should come back and tell me and NOT decrease the amount taken.
    I encourage you to read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/. It is very important.
    You should be able to “cure” your child’s “eczema, rhinitis and asthma” with enough Vitamin D!

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