Vitamin D: What Parents Need To Know!

Vitamin D — What Parents Need To Know – A Parents Life
June 3, 2012
A Parent’s Life

Last reviewed and revised on February 27, 2012
By Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Boston Children’s Hospital

 

*What’s Going On 

*First Things First

*The Need for Supplements

Rickets is making a comeback. It’s a sign of how our lives are changing — and not for the better. We’re seeing this disease, which is caused by a vitamin-D deficiency, in babies and toddlers.

Rickets causes poor bone growth and even deformities. (The name comes from the old English word “wrickken” or twisted.) Vitamin D deficiencies have been reported among school-aged children and adolescents. We’re also seeing osteomalacia (weakened bones) in adolescents and adults as a result of vitamin-D deficiency.

What’s Going On?

Vitamin D deficiency is a serious problem. Vitamin D is crucial for bone development. It’s also important for other aspects of our health as well: It protects against various cancers and may help prevent diabetes and heart disease.

Vitamin-D deficiency is part of a bigger trend in society that worries me tremendously as a parent and as a pediatrician: The amount of time children spend indoors being sedentary. What does this have to do with vitamin D?

Vitamin D is produced by chemicals in the skin when it is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun. That’s why vitamin-D deficiency is rarely seen in developing countries where people generally spend a lot of time in the sun. (Read more)

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2 Comments

  1. wholisticme said,

    June 3, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Reblogged this on Holistic me and commented:
    The sun is not ALL bad

  2. lightningpen said,

    June 14, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Hi, I totally agree! Children these days are stuck to the couch playing video games and eating junk food! In America 66% of all adults are obese! Those are alarming numbers and it obviously bleeds into the children making them sedentary! Rickets should be avoided with ease! Thank you for the follow! Keep writing!


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