Vitamin D deficiency in babies

The importance of vitamin D for babies

Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins that the body needs; Due to its role in bone growth and maintaining their density, and Vitamin D deficiency in babies can lead to many problems and diseases,

vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins for babies to maintain their healthy growth.

Vitamin D maintains the balance of minerals in the body such as phosphorous, calcium, and phosphate, and the deposition of calcium elements in the bones, and helps in their normal density and growth, increase the maturation of bone cells, and activate the immune system to reduce the incidence of many infectious diseases such as influenza, and many infections, and help reduce It prevents the infection of many types of cancer, to reduce the activation of cancer cells.

Attention should be paid to taking an appropriate daily amount of vitamin D; A newborn baby needs 400 international units of vitamin D per day, and adult children need 600 international units per day of vitamin D, and the need increases with age.


Causes of vitamin D deficiency in babies

1.  Insufficient exposure to sunlight.

2.  The presence of some problems in the small intestine, thus malabsorption of vitamin D

3.  significant weight gain; Where vitamin D accumulates in fats due to eating unhealthy foods.

4.  Vitamin D deficiency in the body of a nursing mother, and this causes a deficiency in the child's body.

5.  The presence of some hereditary diseases that cause an increase in the secretion of phosphate in the kidneys.


Vitamin D deficiency risks 

Vitamin D deficiency is a serious matter that causes many problems in a child, especially in his early years, as there is a significant delay in the growth of bones and the body, as well as a clear curvature of the legs and some deformities, and may also cause the delay in the emergence of teeth or their fall, and the delay in walking And sitting, with some risk of cancer, tuberculosis, heart disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, friction in the joints, rheumatism and osteoporosis, and feeling severe depression.

Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency

1.  Feeling some pain and weakness in the muscles.

2.  Constant feeling of tiredness and fatigue.

3.  Frequent fractures in the bones and joints.

4.  Having autoimmune diseases.

5.  Protrusion of the chest bones, an increase in the width of the forearm with a curvature of the spine.

Vitamin D deficiency treatment 

Finally, it is advised to be exposed to the sun, as it is the main source of vitamin D, while leaving the hands and feet exposed when exposed to the sun for the body to absorb vitamin D sufficiently, and to eat fish, especially tuna and sardines, and to eat eggs, liver, and milk sufficiently, and it is possible to resort to taking vitamin D supplements. After consulting a specialist.