How important vitamin D is to the health of children

How important vitamin D is to the health of children

The important of vitamin D with chidren

Three new vitamin D studies show just how important vitamin D is to the health of our children. This is especially important because it is widely known that 70% of U.S. children are deficient in vitamin D.

Children who are born with low vitamin D have a six-fold higher risk for viral bronchitis and pneumonia in their first year of life. Children and adolescents low in vitamin D have a significantly increased risk for food allergy2. I have previously reported the increased risk of asthma in children who are lacking vitamin D.

Quite interestingly, children with low vitamin D have the lowest hemoglobin and risk for anemia3. Typically we think of low iron as the cause of low-hemoglobin anemia, but this study indicates that a lack of vitamin D may somehow inhibit the formation of hemoglobin in the first place – whether iron is present or not. This finding would have a large bearing on optimal growth and optimal brain function.

Every parent should take steps to ensure their children are adequate in vitamin D. The National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine committee identified 4000 IU/day of vitamin D as safe for every day use by children nine years and older, with intakes in the range of 1000-3000 IU/day for infants and children through age eight years old.