If your child spends little or no time in sunlight, if she/he averts drinking milk in an admissible quantity, if you are strictly vegetarian then there are chances that she/he might be suffering from vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is one of the most essential nutrients that a child needs while growing, a lack of which could become a bugbear throughout the life.
Vitamin D is most commonly associated with strong bones and rightly so. What most people do not know is vitamin D does not directly form bones but rather acts as an assistant to calcium in the process i.e. it helps to absorb calcium from the diet which in turn, helps in the formation of bones. When a child is at a growing age, the bones are soft still and more or less in a tentative form. If they do not get the right amount of nutrition at this age, the child might develop serious health disorder as adults, for example, rickets is a disease in which the bone tissue doesn’t properly mineralize, leading to soft bones and skeletal deformities, other problems like a constant backache, getting fractures very easily, increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease etc.
Research suggests that apart from bone formation, Vitamin D has other grave roles as well; it helps in building a strong metabolism in children and as adults helps in the prevention and treatment of a number of different conditions, such as type1 and type 2 diabetes, hypertension and indecent blood pressure, glucose intolerance, and multiple sclerosis.
Sources of Vitamin D:
Being such an important nutrient, one cannot afford to lose on this. Here are certain simple ways which would enhance your child’s intake of vitamin D