Children’s vitamin D intake should be doubled, US paediatricians sayBMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2133 (Published 20 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2133
- Bob Roehr
- 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 …