Learn the Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency in Babies

Learn the Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency in Babies

Did you know there are signs of vitamin d deficiency in babies?

It is well recognized that vitamin D is essential for the growth of teeth, bones, and the immune system.

The body produces vitamin D when exposed to sunlight.

Foods like fish, eggs, and food products with added vitamin D content are other sources of vitamin D.

Read: 5 Important Sources of Vitamin A for Babies

However, it has been found that infants who exclusively breastfeed only receive a tiny quantity of vitamin D intake, according to the findings of studies carried out by the CDC.

Babies who are fed formula actually consume more vitamin D. 

Is it true that infants who exclusively breastfeed face a higher risk of vitamin D deficiency? What signs would indicate a vitamin D deficiency in babies?

Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency in Babies

Launching Dr. Varsha Saxena's explanation through the Doctor's Circle channel, the early signs of vitamin-deficient in babies are as follows:

  • Late teething
  • Muscle weakness or the baby appears lethargic
  • Late closure of anterior fontanel
  • Increased respiratory infections
  • Excessive sweating

Some of the advanced symptoms of vitamin D deficiency that are commonly found in infants include:

  • Spinal deformities
  • Wrist dilation
  • Swelling of the ribs

What Are the Impacts of Vitamin D Deficiency on Babies?

Vitamin D deficiency in infants and children is often associated with rickets or softening of the bones. Is that really the case?

Reporting from Medpagetoday.org, a study conducted by James A. Taylor, M.D., from the University of Washington at Seattle, found that there is not strong enough evidence of a link between vitamin D deficiency and bone disorders in infants and children.

Read: 6 Types of Vitamins for 6-Month-Old Babies and Their Recommendations

Although it is possible that some vitamin D deficiency in babies will develop rickets in the near future or have bone diseases in the future.

Dr. Taylor also wrote that most of the asymptomatic impacts seen in the radiographic outcomes of babies with iron deficiency can be temporary and will disappear when the baby's sun exposure and vitamin D intake increase.

More research is still needed to determine the impact of vitamin D deficiency in babies.

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