Does your toddler lack Vitamin D?

A quarter of UK toddlers lack essential Vitamin D – and over 70% of mums don’t realise the importance

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Did you know that your toddler or child should be having daily supplements of vitamin D?

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No surprises if you weren’t aware. New research has revealed that 74% of parents know nothing about this advice, reports the BBC.

Vitamin D is key to strengthening your immune system; so UK guidelines suggest all children under the age of 5 have daily supplements.

The issue is a “major problem” according to Dr. Benjamin Jacobs, consultant paediatrician at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

A lack of Vitamin D in children under 5 can cause muscle weakness, delay in walking and bone pains. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are also advised to take daily supplements.

The best source of Vitamin D is sunlight (typical as it always rains in the UK!) so make sure you and your child both get the essential vitamins through eating more oily fish, eggs, margarine, breakfast cereals and powdered milk.

But it’s not just pregnant women and young children that need to be aware of supplements. If you’re planning on having more children, don’t forget to eat iron-rich red meat. A lack of iron can put both you and your future child’s health at risk from problems such as tiredness, decreased immune system and sometimes death. Pass us that burger! 

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