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Vitamin D for infants

Posted on: April 20, 2012   by  John Cannell, MD


I have yet to see a survey on what percentage of infants get adequate vitamin D supplementation. While I believe that the Food and Nutrition Board’s recommendation of 400 IU is inadequate, the Canadian Pediatric Association’s recommendation of 800 IU/day is much closer to what infants probably need, although no one is sure, since few researchers have measured vitamin D levels in infants and correlated them with total vitamin D intake.

In an attempt to see exactly how much vitamin D infants need, Dr. Pawel Pludowski of the Children’s Memorial Health Institute in Poland and nine colleagues studied 98 infants for 12 months, calculating their total vitamin D intake and measuring their vitamin D levels at age 6 and 12 months.

Pludowski P, Socha P, Karczmarewicz E, Zagorecka E, Lukaszkiewicz J, Stolarczyk A, Piotrowska-Jastrzebska J, Kryskiewicz E, Lorenc RS, Socha J. Vitamin D supplementation and status in infants: a prospective cohort observational study. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2011 Jul;53(1):93-9.

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3 Responses to Vitamin D for infants

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    100 IU vitamin D /kilogram = the exact same formula that vets have for cows.
    The following reference includes the abstract of the 2011 paper discussed above, a chart showing how little vitamin D infants actually get, and a graph showing that 100 IU/kg is very near to the upper limit of what the Institute of Medicine said should be given to health white individuals. http://www.vitamindwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page_id=1757 Note that Finland gave 2,000 IU to a great many infants: the main result was healthier infants who later in life were far less less likely to get diabetes.

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    I’d love to know what other problems those Finnish children DIDN’T develop along with diabetes…….Henry do you know if other studies of these children’s health were done?

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    Surely vitamin D serum levels, using the heel prick/blood drop such as the ZRT Labs test MUST be added to the tests carried out on newborns immediately. Imagine how much suffering would be prevented by this simple test at birth and monitoring of vitamin D serum levels in babies through infancy. Am I being a simpleton here, or is it really as easy as I think it is to prevent vitamin D deficiency in newborns, infants and children?

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