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High Dose Vitamin D Supplementation May be More Effective for Premature Babies

Vitamin D deficiency is common in premature babies. A recent study suggests that high dose supplements of vitamin D may help decrease vitamin D deficiency in premature babies more quickly than lower doses.


Participants in the study included 121 premature infants with gestational ages between 24 and 32 weeks. The babies were given either 400 IU/day, 800 IU/day, or 1000 IU/day of vitamin D until they were 36 weeks old.


At the 36-week mark, the premature babies who were given 1000 IU/day had more significant drops in deficiency than those given 400 IU/day. There were no statistically significant differences between the 1000 IU/day and the 800 IU/day groups. The researchers did not see any changes in respiratory distress syndrome, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, or duration of hospitalization between the three groups. Additionally, there were no toxic effects from the supplementation.


Researchers from Zekai Tahir Burak Maternity Teaching Hospital in Turkey conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on August 2, 2017, in Early Human Development.


Previous studies have associated vitamin D with improved lipid profiles in diabetics, lower risk of asthma and allergies in children, reducing the risk of skin damage, reducing the risk of osteoporosis, combating diabetes, lower risk of cognitive decline, and improving age-related macular degeneration.


Vitamin D can be found in milk, fortified cereals, fish, and eggs. Your body also processes vitamin D from the sun but it becomes harder for our bodies to process it as we age. A high-quality vitamin D supplement is always a good option if you feel that you’re not getting enough through diet and sun.

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