Clinical update

Spotting nutritional vitamin D deficiency in children

National Osteoporosis Society report clarifies vitamin D deficiency test for children
Vitamin D

National Osteoporosis Society report clarifies vitamin D deficiency test for children

Essential information

Nutritional vitamin D deficiency can lead to rickets, impaired growth, muscle weakness, cardiomyopathy and seizures in children.

Public Health England recommends daily vitamin D supplements for all babies from birth to one year of 8.5-10 micrograms per day. Babies receiving infant formula do not require supplements if receiving more than 500mL per day. Children from one to four years should consume 10 micrograms per day.

What’s new?

Updated vitamin D clinical guidance aims to provide healthcare professionals with clarity on which children to test for deficiency and which patients to treat.

The National Osteoporosis Society published the guidance on children and young people to tackle confusion among professionals on how to deal with vitamin D deficiency.

The new publication could potentially mean

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