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What does lack of Vitamin D3 do to children?

Childhood is the most important phase in bone development. It is during this growing up age that bone mass is accumulated and deposited to make a strong skeletal framework on which the child’s body grows. Adopting a healthy nutritional diet and active lifestyle habits since childhood helps in building strong bones and muscles that prevent disorders like osteoporosis and fractures in later life. It is like investing in health right from the start to reap benefits throughout life. That’s when a nutrient like vitamin D3 comes into play.

What is Vitamin D3 and How Does It Help The Body, Especially Children’s?

Vitamin D or Vitamin D3 is known to be a key regulator of bone metabolism and is associated with muscle strength. The body needs Vitamin D to absorb dietary Calcium for healthy bones and tissues.

As per global child health guidelines, the recommended daily amount of vitamin D for children is 400 IU. The primary natural source of Vitamin D is sunlight hence it is also called “ Sunshine Vitamin ''. Our skin naturally produces Vitamin D from sunlight, hence 10-30 minutes of outdoor play in the midday sun daily is very important for young children to attain Vitamin D adequacy.

Vitamin D can also be obtained from foods like fortified milk, cereals, egg yolks and fatty fish, which are good sources of this essential nutrient. Research shows the prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency in children who spend less time on outdoor activities, among obese children, and in cases when there has been an imbalance between nutritional intakes and requirements.

Serious vitamin D deficiency in children can cause rickets, delayed motor development, muscle weakness, aches and pains, and fractures in older age.

How Can You Detect Vitamin D3 Deficiency In Your Child?

If your child has Vitamin D3 deficiency, you can look out for these symptoms - bone pain or tenderness, dental deformities, increased bone fractures, muscle cramps, or a short stature. If your child has limited sun exposure or excess body fat, there is a higher risk of them having vitamin D3 deficiency.

Vitamin D deficiency may also present itself in forms of low energy levels and digestive disorders. Low levels of Vitamin D have been known to damage the mucous membrane of the intestine, resulting in poor nutrient absorption, stomach ache and constipation.

If you see your child struggling with reaching behavioral and cognitive milestones then Vitamin D3 deficiency could be an underlying factor. Research tells, Vitamin D may be important for brain development, especially in the early years of life when the brain is developing rapidly and is sensitive to nutrient deficiencies.

Child Depression is a growing concern for many parents in present times. Studies prove the importance of Vitamin D in mental health and mood elevation. Children with Vitamin D deficiency can be prone to irritable behavior, mood swings and depression – like symptoms.

Effective Vitamin D3 Supplementation

Besides sunlight exposure and intake of Vitamin D3, if the deficiency persists in your child then you must meet the requirement with high quality Vitamin D supplementation.

The sole purpose of supplements is to deliver only the essential nutrients into the body. That’s why it’s best for parents to choose natural, sugar-free supplements. We recommend Wellbeing Nutrition’s USDA organic melts® Natural B12 + D3 supplements for your child both in the Marvel and Disney Frozen ranges as per their preference.

These oral thin strips contain the daily value of 100% bioavailable essential Vitamin D3 along with Vitamin B12. These plant-based supplements come in two exciting flavors for girls and boys and do not include any synthetic ingredients and artificial flavours or colours. It does not contain any candy ingredients or syrups, so there’s no fear of dealing with a sugar rush.

Children are picky eaters, giving them supplements via pills and syrup can be truly challenging for parents. This issue is superbly solved by Wellbeing’s advance delivery mechanisms in the form of dissolvable oral strips. Simply place one strip everyday on your child’s tongue and watch them grow healthy and strong.

Getting them to have their supplements becomes easier as they spot their favorite Marvel and Disney characters- Ironman and Princess Elsa on the little easy-to-carry boxes.

Final Takeaway

Child health and development is every parent’s concern and they always try to provide well-balanced nutrition to their children, which is preservative and sugar free. Vitamin D3 is essential for bone development and growth. It supports healthy wellbeing and an active lifestyle in children. Wellbeing Nutrition’s Vitamin B12 + D3 melts, on the other hand, provide precise doses of daily nutrient value in a smart and tasty way.

Daily intake of these melt-in-your-mouth oral strips promotes bone and muscle strength, supports cognitive development, improves heart health and boosts energy levels in your child. We recommend this revolutionary supplement to meet nutritional needs of every child from 6 years of age. Keep the anxieties at bay and watch your child blossom into a healthy vibrant individual by providing quality fuss- free nourishment.

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