My son(20 months) still has his anterior fontanelle open(about 2cm) and is short for his age. He walked relative late 18months. I myself have had my vit D checkt last week: it was 22 ng/ml. Reading on this website im now very worried that my son has Rickets:(. From birth I gave my son vitamin d (400IE/day) Should I test my son on vitamin D? But drawing blood from such a little boy seem like a heartbreaking event… Is there a less invasive way to know? Am I "seeing things"?

Asked by  Anna on May 16, 2015

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  • Anna
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    See title

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  • IAW
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    You are not seeing things! You need to get him tested! By now he should be taking 1000iu PER 25 lbs of body weight. How much does he weigh?

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  • Anna
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    Thank you for your answer. Strangely I don’t see it above, only in the recent discussion sidebar.
    My son weighs around 23/24 lbs. Since a couple of days I give him a higher dose, today even 1800IU. But I don’t know what is the way to go from here. Should I go to our docter?I can order a commercial testing kit, then I just need to prik his finger. But are these reliable?
    (I live in the netherlands)

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  • IAW
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    Anna the Q & A has been operating a little funny lately so the answers should appear here eventually.
    The Vitamin D Council lists http://vitamindtest.org.uk/index.html as being reliable and accurate. This overseas company is listed under http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/testing-for-vitamin-d/.
    If you breast fed your baby and your levels were 22ng/ml there would be no Vitamin D in your milk. Vitamin D does not show up in breast milk until you reach 40ng/ml or over.
    I would try and go to a doctor and get his blood tested. Having said that not all doctors know that we need higher blood levels to be well. So if they will not test him, then you should get a commercial test.
    Do you give him a multi vitamin?
    I am not a doctor, I am a member of the Vitamin D Council. So the minimum you should give him is the 1000iu a day.
    If you have more questions, please ask!

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  • Anna
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    Finally I can ask;)
    So I went to my dokter this morning. She didn’t think it was Rickets. But I can get it tested if I want or go to the pediatrician. I’m not sure what to do.
    Do you think 2000IE vit D and the fact that we’re heading towards summer, is enough to correct a mild rickets?

    Meanwhile I’ve got another issue. My level is 22ng/ml. I started to take 4000IU but noticed I got very thirsty. I quit vit D two days ago, but still am a bit thirsty. I found the vit D sensitivity page. I also discussed this with my docter, but she says I’m not sick so she won’t get me tested on calcium or anything. Ofcoarse she has a point…
    On top of that my daughter (4) was also very thirsty on just 1000IU. I don’t know what to think of that…

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  • IAW
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    Anna I am not a doctor or scientist. I am a member of the Vitamin D Council.

    A while back Dr. Cannell answered an inquiry from a parent with an autistic child. He recommended doubling the amount of Vitamin D the child should take. So in your child’s case, I believe double to 2000iu and some sunshine would be great. I assume when they meant “test” for rickets that would mean the correct Vitamin D test.

    I cannot get to the sensitivity page right now. So as for the thirst, I can only speculate. It may not be a bad thing and you may have to tolerate it for a bit. I have read nothing so far as any one else complaining of this symptom. I suspect that when you start taking the “D” and it starts correcting thing in your body, one thing is probably your metabolic system. If it is trying to correct to “normal” it would speed things up in your body and then use of “water” faster until it finds a new equilibrium. It is only a guess. Maybe if you increase the Vitamin D slowly, it will not be as big of a symptom.

    It is very important for you to read the following http://old.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/.

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  • Anna
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    Thank you for the response, means a lot.

    By “double to 2000IU” you mean 4000IU, right?

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  • IAW
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    NO!
    What I meant is normally your child should be taking 1000 iu a day to be healthy. This is per weight guidelines. If they are already having some kind of health issue than without getting any blood work done, than doubling the 1000iu to 2000iu should be OK. Do not go higher unless you seek medical help.

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