This is a valid question, especially when new parents hear so much about the importance of giving vitamin D to newborns and infants in order to prevent rickets, a disease which results in deformed and softened bones, yet we hear very little about the importance of vitamin D during the rest of childhood, despite the fact that it remains just as important.
Once your baby has made it out of its infancy stage and he is growing normally with no trace of rickets, you might start thinking to yourself, “Now what?” Consider that his bones are still growing and developing. In fact, we lose some bone matter and make new bone matter all the time. However, during childhood, we make more bone than we lose. This is important because the greater the bone mass that we build up as children, the greater chance we have that our bone mass will be sufficient in our elderly years to prevent bone fractures from osteoporosis. Consider it as banking bone matter for the senior years. The problem is that if you don’t build up enough bone during childhood, you will lose out on the opportunity to build up your bone mass. Approximately 90% of bone growth takes place between the ages of 10 and 20 or 30 years.1,2 During this short window of time, a person’s bones will reach its peak density. Denser bones are a definite benefit because we start losing some of it in our later years. When you hear medical experts refer to osteoporosis as “a pediatric disease with geriatric consequences, 1,2 it really gets the point across about the importance of developing strong bones throughout your entire childhood, including adolescent and young adult years.
So just like we take care of our children’s bodies in order to ensure better health for them in the future, we must remember to care about their bone health during the long term. The benefits may not be visible, but think of how you might be able to impact their risk of osteoporosis in the future. You only have one chance at it!
The Institute of Medicine daily recommended amount of vitamin D for children over 1 year in 600 IU. Liquid vitamin D products, like Ddrops® Booster 600 IU are a good vitamin D option for your toddler. The easy and safe administration means that you can provide the recommended daily dose in just one drop. No taste, no mess…it is just that easy!
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Natalie Bourré is a Ddrops Guest Blogger. She is a mom of 4 young children, health writer and social media consultant who is passionate about promoting good health for the entire family. She is keen to share scientific information about about vitamin D in an easy to understand fashion. She also truly listens to people’s input and as such, she welcomes you to connect, discuss and share your questions and feedback with her on our social media accounts.
- Hightower L., Osteoporosis: pediatric disease with geriatric consequences, Orthop Nurs.2000 Sep-Oct;19(5):59-62.
- NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center, Kids and Their Bones, March 2015, http://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/bone/bone_health/juvenile/default.asp