Vitamin D deficiency Risk Factors
The following factors could put your child – or yourself – at risk for a Vitamin D defficiency.
- If you live in a area close to the polars with long, cloudy winters.
- If your weather is mostly cloudy and overcast with little sun.
- If the pollution in your area is of such a degree that very little sun gets through. This is often the case in big cities with high buildings which also tend to block out the sun,
- If your baby is in a day-care facility which keeps him indoors for most of the day,
- If your baby spends a lot of time behind windows – glass does not let UV-rays through which means the body cannot benefit from the sunlight.
- Do you put sunblock on your child every day, all over his body? Sunscreen blocks out the UV-rays which means the body cannot manufacture Vit D.
- If your child is milk or lactose intolerant or allergic, he will not benefit from this fortified source of Vitamin D.
- Does your child have a very dark skin? Due to their pigmentation, African-American skins do not manufacture Vit D as easily as Caucasian skins do.
- Does your religion or culture require you to wear robes such as burkas? This could starve your body from sunlight and Vitamin D; which in turn could be very harmful to the development of your unborn baby.
- Prolonged exclusive breast-feeding without supplementing Vitamin D. This is mostly the case when a child does not get any exposure to the sun himself. This is normally not a issue if you get outdoors into the sun a lot.
- Children who suffer from a liver disease, Chrohn’s disease, Cystic Fibrosis or a kidney disease often struggle with a Vitamin D deficiency.