D health warning for the children who shun
Paranoia about sun
exposure and indoor lifestyles are causing
life-threatening health problems for children
due to vitamin D deficiency, a new study claims.
departments are dealing with dozens of emergency
cases where infants are having seizures as
a direct result of not getting enough vitamin
D, which is essential for healthy
teeth and bones.
In one case, a baby suffered brain damage
after a fit. The study said the extreme
cases are part of an escalating problem of
a deficiency of the vitamin, which the body
makes when exposed to sunlight.
report in the London Journal of Primary Care
blames indoor lifestyles and the use of high
sun protection factor creams for a health
issue unheard of a decade ago.
The findings have prompted experts to call
for vitamin D pills to be made more widely
available on the NHS, especially for pregnant
study reveals the introduction of schemes
offering mothers supplements has been slow.
Some areas of London have no vitamin packs
available and people are ignorant
about the benefits of vitamin D, which is
also found in oily fish, liver and eggs.
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