Battling Vitamin D Deficiency in Children

An August 3, 2009, study published in the journal Pediatrics reported that the majority of American children between the ages of 1 and 21 have insufficient blood levels of vitamin D. The report showed that almost 10 percent of children qualify as deficient, putting them at higher risk for a range of conditions like weakened bones, rickets, diabetes, and even some cancers.

Make sure your child has the nutritional support he or she needs by taking the following steps:

Supplement to with 400 to 1,000 IU of vitamin D daily to ensure an adequate supply. Speak with one of our licensed practitioners to find out what products are best for your family.

Buy milk and juice fortified with vitamin D. This will provide about 100 IU of vitamin D per serving.

Incorporate foods rich in D into the diet, such as salmon (360 IU), tuna (200 IU), eggs (20 IU each), or Swiss cheese (12 IU).

Get 10 minutes of unprotected sun exposure at least 3 times each week. Most experts agree the benefits of vitamin D outweigh the risks of going without sunscreen for small periods of exposure.

Limit computer and TV time. Since excess body fat is known to keep vitamin D out of the blood stream, staying active makes sure consumed amounts will benefit the body.

Speak with a Pharmaca practitioner about other ways to boost your child’s vitamin D intake.