Vitamin D is an important element for your baby’s growth and development. It helps bones to grow and makes your baby strong.
Vitamin D helps the body to absorb minerals like calcium and provide strength to teeth and bones. Deficiency of vitamin D can cause deformities like rickets. It may also cause improper development of height and bone mass. The chances of cognitive impairment, cardiovascular diseases and brittleness of bones also rise due to deficiency of Vitamin D.
The primary source of vitamin D is sunlight. Body is able to produce this vitamin when exposed to sunlight. Other sources of vitamin D are orange juice, milk, dairy products, cereals, egg yolk, etc. Some fish and fish liver oils are also rich in Vitamin D.
It enhances the immune system of your baby’s body and causes cell growth.
There might be a lack of vitamin D due to the following reasons:
- If your baby’s skin is always covered, then he does not get exposed to sunlight.
- If your baby is kept mostly indoors and he does not get enough sunlight then his body will not be able to get enough vitamin D
- Physical problems like liver disease, kidney disease can cause lack of vitamin D
- Your baby may have vitamin D deficiency if he is breastfeeding and his mother also has low vitamin D.
Vitamin D deficiency can be treated in your baby by exposing him to more and more sunlight. Breastfeeding is a good option to increase your baby’s vitamin D levels. You can provide him orange juice, cheese and products that are rich in vitamin D.
It has been observed in India during the last few years that Vitamin D deficiency has acquired massive proportion, with almost 70 out of every 100 adult Indians suffering from deficiency of Vitamin B12 and D3.
Another reason for Vitamin D deficiency is the higher content of melanin in Indian skin tones, the amount of Vitamin D produced is significantly lesser compared to lighter skin tones.
To combat this issue of Vitamin D deficiency that can lead to serious health challenges later on in life, paediatricians are now prescribing oral Vitamin D drops to babies as per the dosage recommended by Indian Paediatric Associations.