Vitamin D Benefits for Kids

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Hi, I'm Dr Altman. If you think your child is getting enough Vitamin D by just drinking milk think again. Recent studies show that most children aren't getting enough of this essential vitamin. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends vitamin D supplements for infants, children and adolescents.

Kids who don't get enough vitamin D are at risk for bone disease, obesity, and other chronic diseases and illnesses. Here's how to be sure your child gets the vitamin D he needs. Send him outside to play. Like you, kids get this vitamin naturally when they get 15-20 minutes of sunshine.

Although it's important to keep them covered up and slither on the sunscreen. Also, feed your child D-rich foods like egg yolks, salmon and vitamin D fortified milk and orange juice. And give your child a daily supplement with 400 international units of Vitamin D3. That's the form skin makes naturally from the sun.

Vitamin D also boosts your child's immune system to fight off colds and flu. For more ways to nourish your families health, watch all our smart tips, right here.