A New Study Has Found That Babies Who Are Born With Low Vitamin D Levels Are A Greater Risk For Developing An Infection From RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus).
A new study has found that babies who are born with low Vitamin D levels are a greater risk for developing an infection from RSV (respiratory syncytial virus).
A new study has found that babies who are born with low Vitamin D levels are a greater risk for developing an infection from RSV (respiratory syncytial virus). The Centers for Disease Control says that RSV is the most common cause of bronchitis and pneumonia in infants, making it an obviously concerning condition. Researchers from the Netherlands found that babies born with low Vitamin D levels had six times the chance of developing RSV bronchiolitis by the age of one. While they have no confirmation, the researchers theorize that perhaps if expecting moms got enough Vitamin D during pregnancy, their babies would be at a lower risk of developing RSV. Regardless, expecting moms should take 600 IU of Vitamin D per day during their pregnancies. To read the rest of the study details, visit Today. While this study showed that Vitamin D levels at the time of birth affected a baby's health, remember that breastfeeding babies don't always receive enough Vitamin D. If you're breastfeeding your baby, be sure to talk to his pediatrician about adding a Vitamin D supplement. Other studies have found that Vitamin D supplements can be useful during pregnancy. For example, one study found that taking adequate amounts of Vitamin D during pregnancy could reduce a child's future risk of osteoporosis. And yet another study found that Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy has been linked to early-onset severe preeclampsia. I think the bottom line is that Vitamin D is obviously an important vitamin that our bodies need for many reasons. If you're expecting, make sure to discuss your vitamin intake with your OBGYN!