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Ask the Dietitian - Why is Vitamin D so Important for Your Child’s Development?

Dec 3, 2018 12:15:09 PM / by Diane, MPH, RD, LD - Director of Nutrition Services

Vitamin D BannerWhy is Vitamin D so important for your child’s development?

Of course, we’ve all heard of this essential nutrient, but what exactly does it do and where does it come from? Our Dietitian weighs in….

Vitamin D, also known as calciferol, is often called the sunshine vitamin because of the body’s ability to make it from the interaction of the sun on the skin. Vitamin D made from this natural process is referred to as Vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol. Vitamin D3 is also available from animal sources. Please refer to our Vegetarian Lifestyle blog to learn more about where we source our Vitamin D.

Vitamin D derived from plant sources is known as Vitamin D2 or ergocalciferol.  Research has confirmed that Vitamin D3 is more effective than Vitamin D2 in humans in improving the bodies Vitamin D status.

Vitamin D is essential for the development and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth in infants, children and adults. Also, Vitamin D helps the body properly utilize calcium and phosphorus for the proper functioning of the nervous system.

In infants and children, a deficiency of Vitamin D results in rickets, a softening of the bones, which can result in bent legs. In adults, osteomalacia (a softening of the bones) or osteoporosis (thinning and weakening of the bones) can occur.

For infants and children consuming Baby’s Only Organic® formulas or Organic PediaSmart® Nutrition Beverage, the amount of Vitamin D3, the preferred form of Vitamin D, helps to meet the recommended daily amounts of this important vitamin and helps assure strong bones and teeth. 

Have questions about other nutrients that your little one needs? Feel free to post your inquiries in the comments section and our dietitian will post answers to your questions!

-Diane 

**For specific medical care and nutritional advice on product usage, please see your healthcare professional

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