Vitamin D- An Essential Addition
Most parents think their children are getting enough vitamin D through their diet but in fact, they are likely to be wrong. Recent studies show that most children aren’t getting enough of this essential vitamin. In 2014, following a review of vitamin D deficiencies, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) increased the amount of vitamin D it recommends for children and adolescents.
Why Vitamin D?
Parents believe that if a child drinks milk and plays outside, he’s getting enough vitamin D, right? Surprisingly, not necessarily.
We know more about vitamin D each year and due to lifestyle changes and increased suncream use, you might be surprised to hear that the majority of the population shows signs of vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D helps ensure the body absorbs and retains calcium and phosphorus, both critical for building bone. A vitamin D deficiency can lead to rickets, a bone-softening disease that continues to be reported in children generally under the age of 2.
Vitamin D deficiency also increases the risk of bone fractures in older children, teens, and adults.
The increase in the recommended amount of vitamin D children need each day is a result of new evidence showing its life-long health benefits. Supplementation is important, because most children will not get enough vitamin D through diet alone.
Talk to your pharmacist at Murrays Pharmacy today to find the right vitamin D supplement for your children.