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Vitamin D makes for a healthy child

# Micronutrients | 27. October 2016

Vitamin D is sometimes called the “sunshine vitamin” because it is produced in your skin in response to sunlight. Now that the days are darker during autumn and winter (from October until the end of March), the sun isn’t strong enough in Germany to produce vitamin D in the body. And since Vitamin D is really versatile, not getting enough of it can lead to various problems. During pregnancy, a deficiency is bad for mother and baby. This is far more than the prime example of rachitis, also known as the ‘English disease’, which is caused by vitamin D deficiency. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases. After birth, the calcium level in the blood of the newborn drops because it is no longer supplied by the mother. This can lead to severe cramping, which can become quite life threatening. The vitamin D level of the mother also has a great influence on the child’s immune system, autoimmune diseases such as e.g. diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or inflammatory rheumatic diseases may occur. Vitamin D also has a special significance for the healthy development of the child’s brain and nervous system. It is therefore not surprising that a vitamin D deficiency in mothers can lead to children becoming more prone to schizophrenia or autism. Vitamin D also supports the healthy development of the respiratory tract, so it can help to alleviate severe diseases such as asthma or hay fever.

However, the results of large German studies show that the supply of vitamin D in children and adolescents is more than deficient !!

Recommended: Small children should take 400 – 1,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D daily in the form of drops or tablets, especially in the winter months when there is little sun. For babies who are completely breast-fed and who do not receive extra vitamin D, the mothers should take 4,000-6,000 IU so that the child is adequately supplied.

If you have any more questions about vitamin D or its dosage, please drop in to our pharmacy. We will happy to help you find a suitable product.

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