95 percent American Babies are Vitamin D Deficiency

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

95 percent American Babies are Vitamin D Deficiency

Some research has identified about the large number of infants who lack vitamin D in the U.S., but the mothers and pediatricians were less aware of the compliance requirement of vitamin D for infants with only one percent of it is already getting vitamin D supplements.

According to research by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that only about 5-13 percent of breast-fed babies have received the amount of vitamin D recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics which is about 400 IU vitamin D per day. If we only rely on human breast milk would lead to vitamin D deficiency because human milk is relatively low amount of vitamin D. The researchers suggest that we should give at least 32 ounces of fortified formula per day so they can get 400 IU of vitamin D.

Other research has also been mention of vitamin D deficiency in newborns that reached 58 percent and 36 percent in mothers, although mothers who have taken prenatal vitamins.

Exposure to sunlight is very good to increase the intake of vitamin D for mothers, but it did not have a direct impact on the requirement of vitamin D in infants. So that the infants should get their own exposure to direct sunlight to synthesize vitamin D for themselves. Thus although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants get no direct sunlight at all for the first six months of life, and that they wear protective clothing and sunscreen beyond that age - effectively ruling out the healthiest, most reliable source of this essential nutrient.