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In April 2016, I discovered that my child in deficient in vitamin D. The blood level of 25-OH vitD at that time was 15.7 ng/mL. After 3 months of vitamin D supplementation with 1000 ui/day, his level went up to 24 ng/mL. The doctor recommended to continue supplementing with 1000 ui/day. In April 2017, the level of 25-OH vitD was 22.3 ng/mL. I started giving him 1500 ui/day and this month I tested him again for 25-OH vitD and the level is 23.2 ng/mL. I suppose due to this condition, the ionic calcium as well went below limits (4.18 mg/dL). The child is 5 1/2 years old, olive skin and he weighs 19 kg. Which is the dosage you recommend to achieve the optimum level of vitamin D for him? For how long should I follow your recommended dosage? Thank you for your time.

Asked by  miha_c on August 29, 2017

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  •  miha_c on

    See title

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  •  IAW on

    Normally we recommend 1000iu for every 25lbs (11-12kgs) of body weight. We also recommend a level of 50ng/ml. I do not think your child is going to make it to that level using the amount we normally recommend by what you are telling me.
    Does your child have “ANY” health issues? (If so it may change my answer that follows.
    I would double the dose you are giving him to 3000iu a day and retest in 8 weeks. Then come back and let me know his level at that time.

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  •  miha_c on

    Thank you for your answer. He is a healthy boy. He is as well an active child, who spends a lot of time outdoors. Due to his skin complexion, I suppose that sun doesn’t help too much though. He doesn’t take multi vitamin, as he eats well and the diet is varied. He only takes 5ml of cod liver oil a day.
    If I double the dose to 3000iu a day, will he get to the level of 50ng/ml? As per his numbers, I noticed that 1000iu a day, increased the blood levels with less than 10ng/ml. Even 1500iu a day, plus summer, did not make any difference. I leave in Europe and autumn is just starting, which means less time outdoors and more time indoors.

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    •  fvtomasch on

      Try taking Vitamin d with some fat nuts seed and even cheese. Vitamin d is also a fat soluble vitamin. You may not need as much when you incorporate some fat. Then have levels checked in a few months so do not get toxic.

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    •  miha_c on

      Thank you for the suggestion. I will try to administer it this way.

      Answered by  miha_c on
  •  miha_c on

    Looking through the forum, I got into this product: D3Plus, endorsed by you. Will it be a good alternative for us as well? I saw that it can be ordered in Europe.

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  •  IAW on

    First I need to make a comment about the cod liver oil. Dr. Cannell once said that he believes a lot of cod liver oil has too much preformed (retinol) Vitamin A in it. If this is the case, then taking too much may cause issues. So you can read about Vitamin A in the link above on August 29th. You could also scan this article at http://drbenkim.com/cod-liver-oil-vitamin-A-D.htm. It would also give you a better understanding. (The only thing that needs updating, in the article, is that you should not necessarily stop supplements for the summer as we can tell by your little one.) As far as I can tell I do not think 1 tsp is a problem but I think you should read the above and decide.
    I did ask someone else for a second opinion on if 3000 iu is enough for now. They did agree.
    So this is what you should do. Read about Vitamin A and cod liver oil and decide if you are going to keep giving it to him. (This also has Vitamin D in it as you are probably aware.) If you are going to continue, then get the D3 Plus and give him one not two. (You can break it open and put it in a food.) Vitamin D should always be given with a meal or snack that has some “fats” in it for better absorption. So that will equal 2500iu and you could add another 500 iu to that. I did not know about the cod liver oil, in the beginning, and that probably has another 400iu in it is my “guess” Wait 8 weeks and retest and let me know what his level is. (So total is 3400 iu.) If you want to stop the CLO, then give him one capsule of D3 Plus and then an extra 1000 iu, so total will be 3500iu. Wait 8 weeks and retest.
    In order to make enough Vitamin D thru sunshine, a large amount of skin must be exposed, for example your back. The best “time” is between 10 am -2 pm.
    You originally asked “for how long should you follow this dosage”? First we have to determine a good dosage. As he grows you will need to increase his dosage to “keep up”. The more you weigh, the more you have to take. For him, since his levels did not really increase for summer, than he should take Vitamin D year round. Maybe once we get his levels “up” over winter, you could test him next summer to see what is happening.
    I think if you just double what he was taking, that you will see progress!
    If you have more questions, just ask.

    Answered by  IAW on
    •  miha_c on

      Thank you for your answer, IAW. I just got the D3Plus capsules today, so I’m starting to administer it as recommended: 1 capsule per day + 500 additional UI of vitamin D3. I stopped the CLO for the moment. I will come back to you in December, after retesting. I hope this scheme will bring his level up to 50ng/ml.

      • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by  miha_c.
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  •  IAW on

    You just need a total of 8 weeks before retesting. So you can do it in November but if you have to wait till December,then do so. Either way please let me know what happens!

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