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Vitamin D (40-70 ng) in Children’s Health – review Sept 2014

Children 2014, 1(2), 208-226; doi:10.3390/children1020208, Published: 12 September 2014
Joy A. Weydert jweydert at kumc.edu
Department of Pediatrics, University of Kansas Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., MS 4004 Kansas City, KS 66160, USA
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pediatric Integrative Medicine: An Emerging Field of Pediatrics)

Some Highlights by VitaminDWiki
  • infant formula has approximately only 270 to 677 IU/L
  • D3 is preferred over D2 for several reasons
  • Many infants are in groups which are likely to be VERY vitamin D deficient, and need more 400 IU
  • Breast fed infants, for example, need a dose of 1600 IU/day (if mother is not taking 6,000 IU daily)


Abstract:
Knowledge of vitamin D in the health of children has grown greatly over the years, extending past the importance for calcium homeostasis and bone growth. There is growing recognition of the role vitamin D plays in health impacting the innate immune system to prevent infections and the adaptive immune system to modulate autoimmunity. Other studies are starting to reveal the neurohormonal effects of vitamin D on brain development and behavior, with a link to mental health disorders. Many of these effects start well before the birth of the child, so it is important that each pregnant woman be assessed for vitamin D deficiency and supplemented for the best possible health outcome of the child. It is recommended that targeting a 25(OH)D level of 40–70 ng/mL for each individual would provide optimal health benefits and reduce health care costs. Current recommended doses of vitamin D supplementation fall short of what is needed to obtain ideal serum levels. A vitamin D supplementation program to prevent disease, much like the current vaccination program, could potentially have a dramatic impact on overall health worldwide.

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