VITAMIN D UPDATE: Vitamin D Deficiency May Lurk in Babies:
Some experts fear that vitamin D deficiency, which can be asymptomatic, may be more common than pediatricians realize and that rickets â€” perceived to be a 19th-century scourge that was wiped out with the fortification of milk â€” may be going undetected.
Physicians have known for more than a century that exclusive breast-feeding may be associated with vitamin D deficiency and rickets, and that the condition is easily prevented and treated with inexpensive vitamin drops or cod liver oil. But doctors are reluctant to say anything that might discourage breast-feeding.
Now some researchers are also linking vitamin D deficiency with other chronic diseases like diabetes, autoimmune disorders and even cancer, and there have been calls to include blood tests of vitamin D levels in routine checkups.
Breastfeeding is nice, but it’s not magical. And — especially now, when kids aren’t allowed out in the sun — Vitamin D deficiency is a real threat.