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Children’s vitamin D intake should be doubled, US paediatricians say

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2133 (Published 20 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2133
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

    The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that children under the age of 18 consume 400 IU of vitamin D a day, double the amount previously recommended.

    The guidance, published in Pediatrics (doi:10.1542/peds.2008-1862) and also available on the academy’s website (www.aap.org/new/VitaminDreport.pdf), says that infants who consume at least a litre a day of formula milk fortified with vitamin D do not need supplementation. However, infants who are fully breast fed or who have mixed feeding and receive less than a litre of fortified milk a day should begin supplementation with 400 IU a day of vitamin …

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