Kids today don’t spend enough quality time outside on a regular basis and are at risk for Vitamin D deficiency. Without access to sunshine on a regular basis, according to WebMd 7 out of 10 kids have low vitamin D putting them at risk for heart disease, rickets, and weak bones. Your child’s bones can’t properly absorb calcium and phosphate nor allow for proper bone mineralization without vitamin D.
Not getting enough Vitamin D could increase your child’s risk of developing heart disease, rickets, and weak bones. Your child’s bones can’t properly absorb calcium and phosphate nor allow for proper bone mineralization without vitamin D.
Vitamin D3 is produced when ultraviolet rays from the sun hit the skin and then your skin is able to synthesize it. In the deep layers of skin, there is a layer that contains a cholesterol substance called provitamin D3.
Provitamin D3 reacts with ultraviolet B rays to form Vitamin D3. Then the body sends it to the liver and kidneys. The liver converts it to calcidiol and the kidney converts it to calcitriol. After the conversions, your body is able to start using Vitamin D3 that it needs in order to function immediately and the rest is stored in fatty tissue and in the liver. When your body doesn’t have enough in reserves, your child’s body can’t function properly.
Children who don’t get enough Vitamin D may or may not exhibit the signs or symptoms of a deficiency. A simple blood
There are some kids who are high risk for Vitamin D deficiency and parents should monitor their Vitamin D levels as a precaution.
- Older children
- African-American children
- Mexican-American children
- Obese children
- Kids who drank milk less than once a week
- Kids who spent more than four hours a day watching TV, playing video games, or using computers
How to Prevent Low Vitamin D Levels for Kids
Go Outside: Children often spend hours a day watching television, playing on the computer or video games and spend less time outdoors. The easiest way to prevent Vitamin D deficiency is to spend 15 to 20 minutes in the direct sunshine. During this time, avoid putting on sunscreen. Sunscreen prevents your skin from absorbing the ultraviolet rays necessary for your body to produce Vitamin D.
Consume Food or Drinks that Contain Vitamin D: Eat a variety of the following foods on a regular basis.
Even if you are eating several servings of foods rich in Vit D, just keep in mind that food alone can’t sustain your levels. You will still need to go outside.
Supplements: Start giving your child
Take Prescription Strength Supplement if Needed: If your child’s doctor has discovered that you are severely low or don’t have adequate reserves, it is possible that your child will be prescribed a prescription-strength dose of Vitamin D3.
Vitamin D deficiency in children is a treatable nutritional deficiency that can be prevented. Low Vit D can cause a wide variety of health problems that can affect your growing child. If you have any questions or concerns about Vitamin D deficiency, please consult your child’s pediatrician or healthcare provider.
16 thoughts on “Is Your Child At Risk for Vitamin D Deficiency?”
I understand that Vitamin D deficiency is a huge issue amongst us all. What a good read
I hope my kids are okay! They do take multivitamins, so that probably helps. And we all love our cheese.
My nephews and nieces are Vit D deficient for sure. Gone are the days of spending the days outdoors. They’re always on their devices!
My two oldest daughters are both vitamin D deficient (as am I). Its something we found out after lockdown.
I have a Vitamin D deficiency and I’ll tell you right now.. it sucks! I’ve always been worried the kids will have the same trouble so it’s something we keep an eye on.
I have this, so I take Vitamin D. It really helps me a lot too. I would like to check my kids for the same.
I’m lucky enough to know my grandkids love playing outside as well as many of the foods listed, but this is great information for parents.
Vitamin D is really important in our body. I’m glad that my kids love playing outside every morning.
I know where I live in the North East most have to take a Vitamin D supplement because of lack of sunshine in the winter months. We always take it!
This is such a great article. Vitamin D is so very important for our health. Like plants, we also need lots of sunshine and water.
These seem like great ideas to help increase vitamin D intake and what to look out for in vitamin D deficiency!
Interesting read. We try to get our vitamin D from foods and sun exposure. Alongside this the kids have a multivitamin too just in case.
We don’t see the sun much in the winter months here in IL. I have demanded that we as a family spend at least 2 hours outside together on the weekends. Unless the weather is just too brutal.
I know being a Vitamin D deficient is a huge health issue, and we are lucky enough that we are all okay.
I think staying more outside is what nowadays kids need. That’s why we have every year at least two weeks vacation at the sea!
sometime I worry about my kids and I wonder if they are ok. But I must ask there dr on this.