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Report: Most Infants Aren’t Getting Enough Vitamin D

March 25, 2010 by  

Report: Most infants aren't getting enough vitamin DThe majority of United States infants are not receiving the recommended amount of vitamin D and should be given supplements, a new federal study has concluded.

Although the American Academy of Pediatrics raised the recommended daily standard of vitamin D for infants in 2008, a shockingly low number meet the 400 IU per day requirement for optimum health.

In the study, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service collected data on infants who were younger than 10.5 months. They found that among infants who were exclusively breastfed, only 5 to 13 percent received the recommended amount of the nutrient.

For babies who were breastfed and who were also given formula, a total of 35 percent were getting enough vitamin D.

“In the past, it was assumed that children receiving formula didn’t need a vitamin D supplement, because they were getting it from the formula,” said lead researcher Cria Perrine.

However, in light of the new findings, “most infants, starting at birth, will need a vitamin D supplement,” she added.

The researchers also recommended that expectant mothers take prenatal vitamins and other approved natural supplements.
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  • Warrior

    And to think, you can’t even take the light colored ones to tanning salons because of the new tax!

  • http://eletter@personalliberty.com Robin Eason

    Although Vitamin D supplementation is nowhere as healthy (must be Vitamin D3, fine line between insufficient levels and toxic levels when taking supplementation of Vitamin D3) as getting natural Vitamin D from UV light, at least it is being recognized as the life and health Vitamin/Hormone that it is.
    We can thank special interest groups (pharmaceutical companies, the AAD and cancer charities) for the Vitamin D deficiency diseases that are wrecking havoc on our society. Pharmaceutical companies have billions of dollars invested on scaring people out of the sun … multi-billions in sunscreen sales alone, hundreds of billions in Vitamin D deficiency disease drugs; stop kidding yourself folks, it is all about the money. And, they have plenty to spread around, millions in donations to the AAD, various cancer charities and our educational institutions.
    Some great websites to check out: SUNARCH, Dr. Mercola, Vitamin D Counsel, VitaminDHealth.org, TheITA.com to learn the truth about Sunshine/Ultraviolet Radiation/Tanning Beds

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