Did you know that recent statisitcs state that 70% of children in the US are lacking sufficient levels of vitamin D? I certainly didn’t.
My mother-in-law brought it to my attention today. She was just as surprised I was. If it was a statistic on middle age women it probably wouldn’t have been as much of a shock. This was of interest to me so I decidedto do a little research.
The main cause: poor diet, children being more sedentary, and lack of sunlight exposure.
What can you do:
1. The American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending that infant, children, and teens should take 400 IU of vitamin D supplement per day.
The supplement is even more important for children who live in the Northern part of the US due to lack of efficient sunlight to maintain the correct levels of vitamin D. The supplement is especially imporatant for breastfed infants. Surprisingly enough, breastmilk contains a very small amount of vitamin D. Formula fed infants aren’t as much at risk due to formula being fortified with vitamin D.
2. Get your children outside for at least 15-20 minutes each day.
*** Another surprise, at least for me anyway. They recommend to not use suncreeen for the initial 10-15 minutes your children are outside. It allows them to get what’s needed and obviously not get burned. Although, it is not recommended if your child burns easily.
For additional information read the attached link.