Babyvit-D (Vitamin D for Babies)
Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH
Due to the fact that England is one of the world’s most cloudy countries almost all adults living here are deficient in Vitamin D. Unfortunately, this problem affects also infants. Researchers make it very clear that in most cases, mother’s milk and formulas for babies do not provide recommended doses of Vitamin D. That’s why medical authorities recommend that mothers should give their babies a minimum of 400 IU of Vitamin D3 (in the form of drops) per day, starting in the first few days of life. Babies need vitamin D for healthy growth and development. It helps them build strong, healthy bones and teeth. A lack of vitamin D can cause bones to become soft and weak leading to rickets in infants. Due to chronic deficiency of Vitamin D and low calcium levels babies can also develop seizures or even heart failure. In the last few years, numerous studies have linked a deficiency of Vitamin D to numerous health problems associated with weakness of the immune system such as recurrent infections and autoimmune diseases.
Excellent immune system booster & regulator
Vitamin D3 plays critical role in enhancing the immune system making it more effective in fighting flu or colds in infants. Vitamin D also plays important role in preventing immune system from attacking own body and causing autoimmune diseases. According to the 2001 Finnish study, “Vitamin D supplementation for infants could help to reverse the increasing trend in the incidence of type 1 diabetes”.
Vital for strong bones & teeth
Babies need vitamin D to help the body absorb calcium and phosphorus as these minerals are important for proper bone, teeth and muscles development. Infants who are chronically deficient in Vitamin D can develop weak bones, skeletal deformities and increased risk of fractures. Vitamin D deficiency has been also linked to early childhood tooth decay.
Supports normal brain function and healthy nervous system
Resent discoveries suggest Vitamin D may be as important for proper brain and nervous system development and function in infants as the neuroactive steroids – glucocorticoids, estrogen and testosterone. Some of the Vitamin D receptors in the brain are found in the areas that are related to the development of low mood. For this reason, Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to mental health problems.