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Vitamin D Deficiency In Infants Can Lead To Blood Pressure Problems Later On

Children who have low levels of Vitamin D have a higher chance of developing high blood pressure when they get older.

When babies are born, pediatricians might encourage both mother and the baby to take Vitamin D supplements. There are little Vitamin D liquid drops that babies can take when they are born so that they can get their essential vitamins. Recent studies have shown that most babies and new mothers are lacking in their Vitamin D and a shortage on this Vitamin can actually cause short-term and long-term problem.

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A study showed that compared to children born with adequate vitamin D levels, children born with low levels had about a 60 percent higher risk of elevated systolic blood pressure between ages 6 and 18. Children with persistently low levels of vitamin D through early childhood had double the risk of elevated systolic blood pressure between ages 3 and 18. Therefore those children who had low levels of vitamin D when they were young babies and children had a much higher chance of developing high blood pressure as they get older.

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High blood pressure has been on the rise in recent years in children, especially prevalent in African American children. High blood pressure will become more of a problem as the children become older. Unhealthy blood pressure can lead to many different health issues including cardiovascular disease. “Our findings raise the possibility that screening and treatment of vitamin D deficiency with supplementation during pregnancy and early childhood might be an effective approach to reduce high blood pressure later in life,” Dr. Guoying Wang, the study’s lead author, said in a news release.

The hard part about these findings is that researchers aren't quite sure what the best levels of Vitamin D are for babies and mothers. They know that they are lacking and they have low levels, but they don't know what the "perfect" amount it for people. They encourage mother's to take additional Vitamin D supplements while they breastfeed their children. They also tell mothers to give their children the liquid Vitamin D supplements right when they are born. You can find these supplements at any pharmacy.

Vitamin D is a very essential Vitamin that people need to consume if they don't believe they are getting enough naturally from the sun. Vitamin D can help maintain bone and teeth health, support immune system and nervous system, regulate insulin and support lung function. There are many wonderful benefits and it could only help your child's health by providing them with addition Vitamin D supplements.

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