A recent study has found that infants who are born with low levels of vitamin D may be at a greater risk of developing respiratory conditions as they get older. This new study is questioning whether the mother’s level of vitamin D has an affect on the levels of their newborns. For more information on this study and the importance of getting enough vitamin D, keep on reading after the jump.
New Zealand researchers have been studying the affect of vitamin D on infants, and their findings are showing that newborns born with below average levels of vitamin D are at an increased risk of developing respiratory infections, wheezing, and even asthma.
Babies at 3 months old who were born with less than 25 nanomoles per liter of 25-hydroxyvitamin D, a measurement of vitamin D, were twice as likely to develop respiratory illnesses than babies who were born with 75 nanomoles/L or higher.
Samples umbilical cord blood were taken from 922 infants in New Zealand, as well as follow up interviews with their mothers until the children turned 5. Most of the infants were carried to 40 weeks and were an average 7lbs, 9oz.
This has brought into question to what extent a mother’s vitamin D levels affect her infants. The obvious answer is significantly, but scientists have long debated the level of influence it has on newborns, and whether pregnant women should increase their intake of vitamin D.
While science still debates over what the ideal amount of vitamin D for pregnant mothers is, it doesn’t hurt to make sure you are receiving copious amounts of this important nutrient. Vitamin D can be obtained through healthy amounts of sun exposure, dairy, cheeses, and yogurt. If you are unable to get enough sun or cannot eat enough dairy, there are a variety of vitamin D supplements available to ensure the health of not only you, but your children as well.
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