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