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How does Vitamin D affect growth in children?


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Children need Vitamin D as it helps in bone growth and development. Vitamin D helps in the absorption of calcium. The deficiency of Vitamin D can affect the growth of the child. It can cause serious problems such as rickets, delayed motor development, muscle weakness, aches and pains, and fractures.

Vitamin D can be obtained through sunlight and some foods. Children might be at risk of Vitamin D deficiency if they spend maximum time indoors and not outside in the sun if they have been breastfed for a long time from Vitamin D deficient mother.

You should consult your doctor if you feel your child has Vitamin D deficiency. The doctor may recommend Vitamin D supplements or may suggest that the child needs to spend more time outdoors in sun.