The New Must-Have for Kids: Vitamin D Supplements



The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced on Monday that it was doubling the amount of vitamin D recommended for infants, children and adolescents to 400 IUs per day—a dosage that nearly guarantees the need for supplementation for most children. “Four hundred IU a day is the amount that is in a teaspoon of cod liver oil, which we have used for 75 years to prevent and treat rickets in children and, historically speaking, that is the amount that is in any chewable multivitamin tablet and in any liquid preparation for infants,” Dr. Frank Greer, a lead author on the AAP’s vitamin Dreport and chairman of the AAP National Committee on Nutrition told the Washington Post.

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