Vitamin D helps your child build strong bones and prevent rickets. Rickets
is a condition of softening of the bones that can occur in growing
children. All children need vitamin D beginning shortly after birth.
Kids May Need 10 Times More Vitamin D
Study: Kids Need 2,000 IU of Vitamin D, Not 200 IU Now Recommended
By Daniel J. DeNoon - WebMD
Children and teens need 10 times more than the recommended dose of Vitamin
D, a 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," study leader Ghada El-Hajj Fuleihan,
MD, of the American University of Beirut Medical Center in Lebanon, says in
a news release.
Kids are 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.
New evidence strongly supports this opinion. El-Hajj Fuleihan and
colleagues enrolled 340 schoolchildren in a one-year study. These 10- to
17-year-old kids attended schools in Beirut, Lebanon.
A third of the kids received an inactive, sham treatment. Another third got
the recommended 200 IU/day dose of vitamin D3 (as a weekly dose of 1,400
IU). And, after an earlier safety study showed it would not be toxic, the
remaining third of the kids got 2,000 IU/day of vitamin D3 (as a weekly
dose of 14,000 IU) -- 10 times the recommended dose for adequate daily
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Children younger than 12 months old need 400 IU of vitamin D each day.
Children 12 to 24 months old need 600 IU of vitamin D each day.
Children over age 2 need min of 400 IU of vitamin D each day.
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