A lot is being talked about Vitamin D nowadays, right from its need for babies to grandparents – everybody seems to have discovered the health benefits of Vitamin D And why not? Recent studies have shown about 77% of infants are vitamin D deficient. This is why Vitamin D for babies is extremely important. Vitamin D deficiency is observed in infants who are on an exclusive breast milk diet. Usually, babies are kept completely wrapped up and are not exposed enough to the sunlight, which in turn results in a deficiency of Vitamin D. When the mother is vitamin D deficient, then same deficiency passes onto the child.
During the first 6 to 8 weeks of birth – the vitamin D level of your baby is determined by the vitamin D levels at birth, which in turn depend on the vitamin D reserves of the mother. Also, the vitamin D found in breast milk is low and inadequate for the growing infant, and hence babies who are exclusively on breast milk usually suffer from Vitamin D deficiency.
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This is why doctors now prescribe multivitamin drops for breastfed babies. Government regulations mandate that formula powders be enriched with Vitamin D, which is why formula fed don’t face the same problem.
If you follow traditional practices, you can’t go wrong!! In India, there is the age-old practice of massaging babies with oil and giving them a sunbath – by placing them semi-naked in the sun for half an hour or so.
Our body has the natural ability to synthesize Vitamin D. When babies are placed in the sun it serves a dual purpose. One is of course, that Vitamin D gets naturally made in their body -and the second is that sunlight also has disinfecting properties, which is good for baby’s private parts.
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Vitamin D for babies is extremely important as a lack of it can lead to the following symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency:
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So dear mommies, if you see any of the mentioned symptoms in your child, be sure to get him/her checked by a doctor. Don’t self medicate as your baby needs a very small amount of medicine and you can inadvertently end up giving more.
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