Infants Lack Vitamin D

by Emily Baird on April 11, 2010 at 3:56 am

One in three infants are not getting enough Vitamin D, but that could change if they were outside more.

"Children are not being allowed to be in the sun as much as they used to be. People are afraid of skin cancer. So, many people have low Vitamin D levels, " says Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department’s Dr. Vicki Whitacre.

Vitamin D is essential for bone growth.

"It just makes your bones weaker. If you’re deprived enough, we’re even seeing some rickets in children. It’s not rare like it used to be, " says Dr. Whitacre.

Rickets can cause a curvature in the bones.

Babies who are breast fed and even babies who are being given vitamin-enriched formula are lacking in Vitamin D. Dr. Whitacre suggests giving infants an additional supplement to help infants get that required amount.