Should Kids Take Vitamin D Supplements?


Hello and welcome my name is Sara Peternell. I’m the owner of Family Nutrition Services. The question I’m answering
today is do your children need supplementation with vitamin D this is
such a great question and I think it’s probably an ages old question for as
long as modern people have been having babies because we know that for the most
part if a baby is being breastfed and the mother is consuming a healthful diet
baby’s getting just about everything that he or she means from the time of
infancy but the one nutrient that is not readily available to many infants and in
fact may become deficient pretty quickly is actually vitamin D so the thing is is
that doctors and pediatricians and of course many of the health institutions
and organizations within the United States do recommend a vitamin D
supplement which is very easy to administer to your child or your baby
because a lot of vitamin D supplements come in a very handy little dropper that
you can just put right into their mouth the problem is that a lot of these
vitamin D supplements for kids come in doses that are much too low for your
child or your baby today the recommendation based on scientific
research and studies is that children even as young as three or four months
old can begin to supplement their parents can begin to supplement them
with up to 2,000 IU’s or international units of vitamin d3 per day so this is
an actual huge jump from the current recommendation of only 200 I use but
there’s plenty of research available and even recommendations that are being made
to the American Academy of Pediatrics and some other institutions informing
those doctors and their patients that a greater number of vitamin D dosage is
actually preferred the reason why is that in children actually a lower dose
of vitamin D supplementation may only be enough to maintain
their current level of vitamin D and not in fact actually increase it so if there
is any risk at all of the child becoming vitamin D deficient whether it’s because
of where they live and their lack of exposure to Sun maybe some deficiency
that’s in the mother’s diet if the child is breastfeeding or if the
child is older and consuming table foods if they are lacking in certain vitamin D
rich foods then maintaining their current vitamin D status with 200 IU’s
would not be adequate you would want to to bring that up to 2,000 IU’s and give
them a proper dose so the reason you know I get this question a lot is
because we would like to think that most of our nutrients can come from food
alone and with vitamin D in fact the number one source of vitamin D
acquisition is from the Sun so there’s a reason why we call vitamin D the
sunshine vitamin but during the colder months of the year if you live in North
America there’s a really wide range of latitude where we just don’t get the
proper UVA and UVB rays from the Sun that it actually enables contact with
the melanocytes in our skin to produce this very very important vitamin which
is actually a hormone so vitamin D and it’s responsibility in the body for so
many of the different processes and hormonal hormonal components that are
taking place especially within the immune system we actually become
deficient during winter months because we don’t have exposure to the proper
types of rays of the Sun to allow our bodies to manufacture this hormone
naturally and foods that are rich in vitamin D typically do not contain
enough vitamin D in in these amounts that would again be enough to support
children who need vitamin D so some of the foods that you may be familiar with
that contain vitamin D they’re actually fortified so things like vitamin D rich
milk it’s because they’ve actually put vitamin D into that milk product they’ve
added it from a synthetic source rather than it being a naturally good source of
vitamin D other foods like wild-caught fatty fishes such as salmon also
mushrooms and certain plant foods that are good sources of vitamin D don’t
typically tend to be on a young child or baby or even young toddler young you
know a one or two year old child’s typical daily intake of foods so this is
one of the main reasons why it is really important to think about supplementation
simply because again location and altitude latitude rather and then also
the lack of vitamin D rich foods symptoms of vitamin D deficiency we
don’t typically see a lot of what we think of in terms of you know rickets or
the bone diseases that are commonly associated with vitamin D deficiency we
don’t see a lot of that today in our in our modern world in some of the
developed countries so what we may see however is dysfunction in the immune
system we may see more and more children with vitamin D deficiencies presenting
with digestive or immune system or skin issues and especially if there is a
parent component of any autoimmune or immune system issues that may have been
transferred to the child all the more reason and all the more important to
protect that child’s immunity especially as they’re growing and developing with a
supplemental source of vitamin D so these are some of the main questions
that I get from my clients for my own children I also have been doing vitamin
D supplementation with them year-round because we live in Colorado and because
we know that in Colorado we have a high percentage of people really across all
ages but especially in adolescents and young adults of vitamin D deficiency so
in our house we do the meta geniux vitamin D drops they come in 1000
is per drop and for my children they get a minimum of two two drops so two
thousand I use per day and if there is an illness or certain times of
especially the winter months during cold and flu season will go up to even 5,000
IU’s for a short period of time this has been shown to be safe and children who
take between 2,000 and 5,000 IU’s even for short periods of time do not show
any signs of vitamin D toxicity so this is a very important vitamin for children
and you don’t always need to have a vitamin D test that shows a deficiency I
think it’s pretty safe to assume that most kids benefit from 2000 IU zuv
vitamin D per day and in fact insurance doesn’t always cover vitamin D testing
for whatever reason so speak to your health care provider or work with the
qualified holistic nutritionist who can help you with these decisions and while
you’re thinking of nutrients for yourself and for your family please go
ahead and also check out my other video that I have all about magnesium
supplementation and why this is so helpful especially this the time of year
during cold and flu season. Thank you so much for watching. Remember to Like share
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a great day!

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