Kids May Need More Vitamin D

Children and teens need 10 times more than the recommended dose of vitamin D, a recent clinical trial suggests.

“Our research reveals that vitamin D, at doses equivalent to 2,000 IU a day, is not only safe for adolescents, but it is actually necessary for achieving desirable vitamin D levels,” says study leader Ghada El-Hajj Fuleihan, MD, of the American University.

Kids are currently advised to get a daily vitamin D dose of 200 IU. That suggestion came from an Institute of Medicine panel that based its recommendation on the amount of vitamin D needed to prevent rickets in infants.

However, more and more vitamin D experts have begun to suggest that children and adults need much more vitamin D than previously recognized.

Vitamin D is insrtumental in helping the body absorb Calcium which leads to strong bones and preventing diseases in the future. For more information visit WebMD.

Before starting your child on supplements or vitamins, always consult with your pediatrician.