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Protect your child from Vitamin D deficiency

 Huda Shaikh
1 to 3 years

Created by Huda Shaikh
Updated on Mar 03, 2017

Protect your child from Vitamin D deficiency

Our body requires a plethora of nutrients in order to function well, including Vitamin D which is a fat soluble vitamin, naturally present only in a few foods, and otherwise acquired when sunlight touches your skin.

It is required for mineralisation of bones, modulation of cell growth, neuro-muscular and immune functions, and also helps in preventing inflammation. It has been noticed that vegetarians are more susceptible to Vitamin D deficiencies, so here are some vegetarian foods which, if consumed on daily basis, can help in increasing the Vitamin D levels.

#ParentuneTip:T hough all the items mentioned below are good sources of Vitamin D, you can’t depend on any single one, so ensure that you maintain a healthy balance.

1. Mushrooms

2. Soymilk, fortified with Vitamin D

3. Almond milk, fortified with Vitamin D

4. Orange juice, fortified with 25% Vitamin D

5. Yogurt, fortified with 20% Vitamin D

6. Milk, fortified with vitamin D

7. Swiss cheese

8. Soy yogurt, fortified with Vitamin D

Apart from consuming the foods mentioned above, here are some other steps you can take. After all, prevention is always better than cure!

1. Reach out for sunlight everyday for about 10-15 minutes, between 8-10 am.

2. Try and look for foods that are fortified with Vitamin D, especially if you’re a vegetarian

3. Get your Vitamin D levels checked every month

5.Opt for a supplement, but do not self medicate; always consult a doctor.

These are just a few solutions to help you fight low levels of Vitamin D in your child.  Have some thoughts or tips? Share your views and feedback in the comments section below.

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| Apr 21, 2017

Sunshine is a natural source of Vitamin D which is a must for children and adults alike.

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| Mar 13, 2017

Hi Mukesh, Hope you are doing good. You can check with your Dr. for getting the vitamin D levels checked. The recommended Vitamin D levels are 15mcg per day or a child older than 1 yr. As stated in the article we have some good nveg sources of Vitamin D but very few sources of vegetarian vitamin D sources. Hence fortified sources are the only veg sources of Vitamin D. Only mushroom,tofu,milk and swiss cheese are veg sources of Vitamin D. Rest all the foods are fortified with Vitamin D and as we know sunlight is the best source of Vitamin D till date :)

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| Mar 13, 2017

Hi Sharayu,Hope you are doing good :) If you are worried about the Vitamin D levels of your child then you can check with your Dr. and he might ask you to get a test done. However children can be at a risk of vitamin D deficiency if 1)Their entire skin is covered. 2)Very little exposure to sunlight,mostly your child plays indoor with the Phone,tab or watches Tv rather than playing outside. 3)Basically has more of a wheatish complexion. 4)Or has been breast fed by a mom who herself is Vitamin D deficient. If your child has been on formula feed then you need not worry as formula feed has high levels of Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency is manifested as Bone pain or tenderness of bones,dental deformities,growth impairment,increased bone fractures,muscle cramps,skeletal deformities and short stature. Hope this helps :)

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| Mar 05, 2017

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| Mar 05, 2017

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| Mar 04, 2017

plse tell us the sources without fortifications for vegetarians

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| Mar 04, 2017

how u check vit d level every month... what is the recommendation for it...

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| Mar 04, 2017

hw do we get to knw abt the deficiency in 2 year old... we din hav ne blood test done ever.

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| Mar 03, 2017

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