Is your child getting enough Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 is very essential to promote the immune system of a child. So it is very essential to check the child for its adequate vitamin D3 consumption.

How can a child get Vitamin D3?

When the body is exposed to sunlight, vitamin D3 is produced by the skin from ultraviolet rays of sun. This will help for the growth and development of the child. One growing impact on the production of vitamin D in the body, is the use of sunscreen. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, “the application of sunscreen with an SPF factor of 8 reduces production of vitamin D by 95%. According to Dr. Michael Holick, from Boston University, limited sun exposure of 5-10 minutes three times a week, during the spring, summer and fall, during the mid-day from 11am to 2pm, on the face and arms, will provide enough vitamin D for the individual. This sun exposure will also allow for storage of the excess vitamin D during the winter, when the UVB rays will not reach some areas.

This is also recommended by the Linus Pauling Institute, which also advises healthy adults to take a daily multivitamin supplement containing vitamin D.

Why Vitamin D3?

Bone development depends on the absorption of minerals calcium and phosphorous. Vitamin D3 takes care for the absorption of calcium and phosphorous. It also helps to prevent cancer. Vitamin D3 helps in the normal blood clotting process. It supports the function of nervous system. It plays a major role in the regulation of mood. It also prevents the occurrence of diabetes, infections and autoimmune diseases.

 What happens, if there is Vitamin D3 deficiency?

The deficiency of this vitamin will cause Rickets. Lack of Vitamin D3 will also cause Cystic Fibrosis in children. Weakened bones and stunted growth are the result of this vitamin deficiency. In children its deficiency can be found by knobby ribs, curved legs and arms. Its deficiency may also cause anemia and increased susceptibility for serious infections including pneumonia. Lack of this vitamin can make children prey for tuberculosis easily.

 Sources of Vitamin D3

As per the American Academy of Pediatrics, 400 international units of vitamin D3 is required for children daily. Every day 4 cups of vitamin D3 fortified milk will help to meet this requirement. Salmon flesh, tuna fish and fish liver oil are also the good sources of vitamin D3. Some types of mushrooms, cheese, egg yolks and beef lever also provide this vitamin. For breast fed infants, vitamin D fortified infant formula will help to give the required vitamin content.

 Supplementation:

Children with darker skin and low exposure to sunlight are at more risk of vitamin D3 deficiency. Vitamin D supplements can be a good solution for them. Since it is a fat soluble vitamin, it can get accumulated in the body. So its dosage should be given accordingly. Childhood is the important fundamental stage for the development of healthy life. So always check whether your child is getting enough vitamin D3.

Childlife Vitamin D3 (1 oz) has natural ingredients that allow optimum absorption of nutrition. Childhood is the important fundamental stage for the development of healthy life. For healthy bone development and to support a healthy immune system, use ChildLife Vitamin D3 per the recommended dosages.

Suggested Use
For infants 6 mo. To 12 mo.: 5 drops daily
For children 1-12 years: 8 drops daily. It can be mixed with juice or your child’s favorite drink

Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics doubled its recommendation for the amount of Vitamin D that all children should receive to 400 I.U. per day. These recommendations have resulted from new studies recognizing the many benefits of Vitamin D for supporting healthy bones and a healthy immune system.

Referrences: http://www.ehow.com/how_2296967_vitamin-d-sun-safely.html
Source: http://www.healthsuperstore.com/health/v-vitamin-d3-for-children.htm

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One Response to Is your child getting enough Vitamin D3

  1. Mick says:

    Vitamin D is one of the best things that a child can take, with so many of them staying in doors these days levels are bound to run pretty low!

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