Babies need vitamin D

IMG_3419Osteomalacia, also known as “rickets,”  is bone weakness resulting from Vitamin D deficiency.  We now know that breastfed babies and formula fed babies need Vitamin D supplementation.  Formula has Vitamin D in it, but not enough Vitamin D until the baby is drinking 500 mL (about 17 ounces) of formula per day. 

The National Academy of Sciences recommends a supplement of 200 IU per day of Vitamin D for the following:

1.  All breastfed infants unless they are weaned to at least 500 mL per day of Vitamin D-fortified formula or milk.

2.  All nonbreastfed infants who are ingesting less than 500 mL per day of Vitamin D-fortified formula or milk.

3.  All children and adolescents who do not get regular sunlight exposure, do not ingest at least 500 mL per day of Vitamin D-fortified milk, or do not take a daily multivitamin supplement containing at least 200 IU of vitamin D.

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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